The transport ministry announced a waiver on airport fees for all Greek airports, with the exception of the Athens International Airport, from April until the end of the year, in an effort to boost tourism.
Oaf - the is no scope under EU law to "waive the VAT" unfortunately. National authorities may alter the rate by up to 25% for a period of one year or less, other wise legislation is required (which, again, is ultimately goverened by the EU). Moreover, I suspect that a reduction in the rate would cause serious problems with the European Central Bank etc which is underwriting the current assistance package.
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 22áMarchá2011 at 1:30pm - IP Logged
This is from the easyjet website, read the bottom part where it says you can claim back the tax you have paid, but only if easyjet haven't already paid it to the airport authority...and I bet they have..
"5.2.Taxes and Charges
Any taxes or charges imposed by Government or other authority, including the operator of an airport, which we are obliged to collect from you or pay in respect of you and your Flight may be payable by you to us in addition to the Fare. At the time you make a reservation you will be advised of the total amount of such taxes and charges not included in the Fare and payable by you. Such taxes and charges imposed on air travel are constantly changing and can be imposed after the date that your reservation has been confirmed. If any such tax or charge is introduced or increased after the reservation was made you will be obliged to pay it prior to departure. Failure to make payment may affect your ability to fly with us. You authorise us to deduct such charges from the credit card or debit card used to make your booking. Similarly, if any such tax or charge due is abolished or reduced before we are obliged to pay it you will be entitled to claim a refund from us."
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