Airlines for America (A4A), has filed an initial legal complaint to reject the German Air Transport Tax, which, it says, illegally penalizes carriers serving the country by taxing U.S. airlines the maximum amount of 45 euros (US$59) per passenger. The tax, which went into effect in January 2011, charges airlines with U.S. flights the highest of three tax brackets imposed by the scheme. While A4A and its members have complied with the tax under protest, they now are pursuing legal action because the tax “violates several long-standing international agreements, including the Chicago Convention, the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement and the

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