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IATA rejects new aviation tax in Argentina

The possible creation of a new "security rate" for local, regional and international flights by the Argentine authorities "puts the recovery of aviation at risk" in the country, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned on Friday. ).

The organization expressed in a statement its “rejection” of this new tax, included at the initiative of the Chamber of Deputies in the 2023 Budget Bill, which was approved this week in the Lower House and has yet to pass through the Senate. .

"Security in civil aviation is a responsibility of the state and it is the state itself that must cover this cost, without transferring it to the passenger," said IATA regarding a fee that seeks to finance the Airport Security Police.

The National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) of Argentina is charging "endless fees and taxes on air tickets," lamented IATA, "which make the sector in Argentina one of the most heavily taxed in the world, both from the side of the passengers as well as for the companies that provide the service.

Currently, 54% of the total value of an Argentine airline ticket "corresponds to fees," according to IATA data, which noted that air navigation costs in Argentina for an Airbus A320-200 are eight times more expensive than in Argentina. Chili.

“This recurring policy of taxing the industry is becoming unsustainable. Aviation has shown its commitment to the government to work together (...), but instead of facilitating this process, the government imposes more obstacles," said Peter Cerdá, IATA's regional vice president for the Americas, in statements included in the statement. .

"Approving two new rates in just two weeks is a paralyzing blow to the industry and mainly to all citizens," added the IATA representative, referring to the additional perception of 25% for international tickets and card consumption. credit and debit cards abroad when they exceed 300 dollars per month, known as the "Qatar dollar".

According to the association, “Argentina has been losing competitiveness compared to its peers in the region”, something that worsened after the coronavirus pandemic: between June 2019 and June 2022, the South American country lost 53 air routes, 4,400 frequencies and 632,000 seats. , according to IATA data, reported EFE.

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