Well said FlyingChinaman
Binman62 – You are looking at this issue from the wrong angle. The collection of this stealth tax is by the inland revenue with the “Inland” being the appropriate idiom.
Apart from being an inappropriate method to collect tax revenue It is just plain wrong (and quite arrogant) that the UK Govt expects all foriegn vistors to contribute towards the costs of the british public.
Can you imagine if every other Govt in the world (and what would be the justification for them not too?) decided to apply the equivalent level of taxation on flights. Bad enough for a point to point journey between 2 countries but for those itineraries touching 3/4/5 or more international points it would just become unfeasable.
The German Govt has applied an emergency austerity tax but at least they have confirmed it is temporay and it is altogether much more reasonable maximum of EUR45.00.
No there is no defence for the Govt to apply this tax and it is high time it was removed completely.
Your issue of Pricing ex Europe is not new and is not going to go away. There will always be a need for airlines to provide ‘top up’ traffic from outside their home markets where they don’t hold the dominant position but that’s a separate story (thread)