U.K. aircraft tax violates treaties, ATA charges

The U.K.'s new coalition government says a proposed per-aircraft tax will "tackle inefficient planes and discourage airlines from flying half-empty aircraft." But the Air Transport Association says the tax is illegal under the Chicago Convention and other international accords. "Contrary to what some have said in support of the per-aircraft fee, airlines do not wastefully schedule their flights," ATA said, criticizing the plan for its lack of understanding of the airline industry.

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