High taxes, onerous regulation and fierce competition are crippling the German aviation industry and the government needs to help the sector from buckling under the pressure.
This was the message delivered during a private meeting of senior airline executives, including the chief executive of Lufthansa, and German government representatives held earlier this year.
German airlines complain that they have to operate under unfair conditions, facing greater regulation and taxes than rivals. At the meeting, the German airline managers asked for an easing of restrictions on night flights and the air travel tax. German law regulates what kinds of planes which can take off and land between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some airports only allow take aircraft with low-noise motors to operate, or freight and emergency aircraft.
The German air travel tax ranges from €7.50 for domestic flights and up to €42.18 for intercontinental flights per passenger ticket.