The International Air Transport Association (IATA) condemned a sudden increase in the Italian Council Tax levied on air passengers which will damage Italian economic competitiveness, and result in 2,300 jobs a year being lost. Effective immediately in January, without any advance warning or consultation, Italian authorities announced a 33-38% increase in its Council Tax, amounting to an extra EUR 2.50 for every passenger. Passengers will be paying EUR 10 in tax each time they fly from airports near Rome, and EUR 9.00 for flights from other Italian airports. None of the revenue raised from the tax is re-invested in aviation,

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