The upper house of the German parliament has voted to abolish the country’s air passenger duty. The move was initiated by the state of Bavaria, where Lufthansa’s second-largest hub, Munich, is located. It was supported by the states of Hesse and Saxonia. Lufthansa’s main hub is in Frankfurt, Hesse. Germany instituted the tax in early 2011 with the expectation of raising about €1 billion ($1.3 billion) annually for the federal budget, although Germany’s airlines say they have to bear ...

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