Campaign to Stop Air Travel Tax
Airlines and local politicians have united in a campaign to fight Sweden’s proposed new air ticket tax.
The Swedish government presented the legislation to parliament Friday, adding an extra 11 dollars for tickets within Europe, and twice that for flights outside the continent. Some smaller communities, mostly in the north, are exempted.
The campaign was launched in the southern city of Malmö, where Sturup airport is threatened by competition from nearby Copenhagen. While the Swedish government wants to increase air ticket taxes, Denmark is phasing them out, and Norway has already done so.
Several airlines have said they will drop Swedish routes if the tax is approved.