India has come under attack from the International Air Transport Association for levying taxes on international flights, contrary to UN guidelines.

Alexandre de Juniac, the chief executive of the international trade association for airlines, criticised the government of Narendra Modi for continuing to tax international air travel under a new goods and services tax.

Mr de Juniac said: “We must take governments to task. It is unacceptable that global standards are being ignored by the very governments that created them.”

Referring to conventions drawn up by the UN body the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Mr de Juniac added: “India helped develop ICAO resolutions prohibiting tax on international tickets. Yet it persists in taxing international travel.”

India has one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, but it taxes international economy-class flights at 5 per cent and business-class flights at 12 per cent.

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