Spanish Government Want More Of Your Money!
HOLIDAYMAKERS heading home from Spain this summer face a big increase in airport departure tax as its government tries to balance the books.
The shock new surcharge could see passengers forced to pay up to £24 extra for a family of four – even if they paid for their holiday months ago.
Some tour companies have already sent travellers emails telling them to pay more – or to cancel their flights.
Ryanair is asking passengers already booked to fly from Spanish airports for extra cash if they want to travel.
Some travel companies are absorbing the tax, which affects customers who booked on July 1 or earlier.
Some travellers will even have to cough up extra if they paid for their flight last year. However, for bookings made on or after July 2, the rise will be absorbed into the ticket price.
Tour operators selling package deals cannot pass on the extra charges as customers have already paid the full price of their holiday. But surely we all pay in full when we book flights only?
Travel agents and tour operators said they were dismayed by the increase without “proper consultation”.
Sean Tipton, spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents, said: “We’d urge the Spanish Government to think again about raising these taxes.
“Spanish hoteliers, bar and restaurant owners have bent over backwards to keep their prices down and encourage British holidaymakers to visit and it would be a great shame if this good work was wasted. The increase in tax will not affect those who have already booked package holidays but taxing tourism is a very short-sighted policy as customers always have the choice to go elsewhere.”
Spain is the top destination for UK holidaymakers and in 2011 there were 10.5 million visits to the country.