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International Flights Get a Boost as Jet Fuel Prices are Cut

B.C. is about to cut the two-cent-per-liter jet fuel tax they currently charge on international flights.  This created a revenue for the government of about $12 million.  However, without the tax international flights will be saving approximately $2000 per flight of ten hours and that means that more and more international flights will come into Vancouver, according to David Solloway from Air China.

If there is even an increase of two international flights per week, Solloway estimates that tourism dollars and job creation will add up to more than the $12 million the government will lose from the jet fuel tax.  That has to be good for the province as a whole.

Alberta was ahead of the game and gave up the tax in 2004.  Most other provinces have followed suit and few remain who still charge the jet fuel tax, which includes Toronto International Airport.  Brad Davies with Virtually There Travel said that by removing the jet fuel tax, Vancouver will be able to compete with Toronto and Calgary.

See the original Google News article for more details.

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