Protests Against Air Ticket Tax
The low budget airline Ryanair has complained about Sweden’s plan to impose a new environmental tax on flights.
The extra 13 dollars per round trip surcharge is intended to encourage more environmentally friendly use of energy.
Calling the plan a stupid tax, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said it would just slow down tourism and growth. If it goes through, he says he will reduce ticket prices by the same amount, apparently defeating the intent of the legislation.
O’Leary says that if the government really wants to improve the environment it ought to force carriers like the Scandinavian Airlines System to modernize its fleet as Ryanair has done, to reduce emissions, fuel consumption and noise.
SAS, Fly Nordic, Skyways, and Malmö Aviation have also protested against the proposed new tax.