Sweden introduces per mile aviation tax to curb CO2 emissions

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A Scandinavian airline SAS MD-80 and Boeing 737 aircraft parked at the gates at terminal 4 at Arlanda Airport north of Stockholm, 03 February 2009.

Sweden introduces per mile aviation tax to curb CO2 emissions


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The Social-Democrat-Green coalition Swedish government is considering a “green tax” on each ticket proportional to each passenger’s environmental imprint, the public broadcaster Sverige Radio reports.

The further you go, the more you pay. The objective would be to raise approximately €178 million a year.

Swedes traveling to exotic destinations should pay a €45 tax per person. For those thinking of Australia for Christmas and summers in Acapulco, it would mean an additional cost of €180 per family.

Destinations on the 6,000 miles radius would see a surcharge of approximately €30; most European destinations would cost an additional €8 per person.

The policy is the fruit of an investigation commissioned by the government. The disincentive is meant to promote alternative means of transport to flying that are more environmentally friendly. But, the aviation industry insists there is no precedent of a similar tax changing traveling habits, while it is feared it could cost jobs.

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