Ryanair announces ETS levy

Ryanair is to introduce a £0.25 levy per passenger for all bookings made from Tuesday 17 January to cover the costs of the EU’s Emissions Trade Scheme (ETS) – which the airline describes as an “eco-looney tax” – which Ryanair says will cost passengers €15 million-€20 million during 2012.

The carrier states that the impact of ETS on Ryanair passengers at £0.25 per one way booking will be less than the impact upon those travelling with other EU airlines as, according to the Brighter Planet 2011 report, Ryanair is Europe’s greenest, cleanest, airline and thus will enjoy lower ETS costs.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara commented, “Ryanair does not believe that European aviation should be included in the ETS scheme since it accounts for less than 2% of the EU’s CO2 emissions. This latest EU stealth tax will damage traffic, tourism, European competiveness and jobs at a time when no other economic block is including aviation in their ETS schemes.

“This new ETS tax is the latest in a long line of cost increases imposed on Europe’s air passengers by the European Union, which reduces the competitiveness of EU air transport with yet another misguided ‘environmental’ tax which does nothing for the environment but penalises EU consumers and families,” McNamara added.

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