Effects of the Air Passenger Tax: Behavioral responses of passengers, airlines and airports (English)

An air passenger tax was in effect in the Netherlands from 1 July 2008 to 1 July 2009. What were the effects of this measure? Did some people consequently cancel their travel plans or instead choose to depart from airports in neighbouring countries? When the tax was abolished, did these passengers return or have Dutch airports suffered a structural loss? And moreover what are the effects of the air passenger tax that Germany implemented on 1 January 2011?

This study conducted by the KiM Netherlands Institute for Policy Analysis provides answers to these and other questions. The study moreover contributes insights into the functioning of the aviation system, the choice behaviour of passengers, and the subsequent reactions of airlines and airports to implementation of the air passenger tax.