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Flying Private to Portugal just got a lot more expensive!

Effective July 1st, Portugal has introduced a new tax directed at business aviation. If you are operating an aircraft with 19 seats or less, you’ll have to pay the hefty new tax – a G650 operating Lisbon-Newark will get a bill for around €2,000 (US$2,200).

New Private Jet Tax Applicable in Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

It’s billed as a “Carbon Tax” – ostensibly to mirror the same regulation that has applied since 2021 to airline passengers. However, an airline operating the same route with 250 passengers will only pay €500, despite having a fuel burn three times higher.

As such, it’s better labeled as a Punishment Tax for business aviation.


If you are planning a tech stop in the Azores (LPLA/Lajes or LPAZ/Santa Maria, for example) – think again. The Azores is “Portuguese Territory” and so covered by the new tax, and the exemption for “technical reasons” doesn’t mean tech stops. So, if you divert in with a fire warning, no tax. If LPAZ or LPLA is your destination, however, you can add about $2,000 USD to your invoice. Its a new private jet tax.


WHEN IS THE TAX APPLICABLE?

  • Any flight leaving Portgual using an aircraft with 19 seats or less (aka all business jets)

  • Irrelevant if commerical or private ops – all must pay

WHEN IS THE TAX NOT APPLICABLE

  • Fully electric aircraft (If you see one flying, let us know)

  • PSO flights (A European thing where governments give you money to operate unpopular routes, so they would be charging themselves)

  • State flights (The government exempting themselves again)

  • Medevac, training, SAR flights, and diversions for unforeseen events

Thank you to The Ops Group for the candid article! https://ops.group/blog/portugal-punishment-tax/

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