Climate change: Germany’s conservatives mull doubling air travel tax

Climate change: Germany's conservatives mull doubling air travel tax

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Germany’s ruling conservatives have proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights, as part of a wider package to cut CO2 emissions.

The decision was taken by the leadership of the Christian Democrats (CDU), who form a coalition with the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD).

Tax of €7.38 (£6.5; $8.1) per ticket is currently levied on domestic flights.

Connecting flights that are part of long-haul journey will be exempt.

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In its policy document (in German), the CDU also says that engines not powered by fossil fuels should be free of aviation tax.
“We will invest, together with the aviation industry, to make electric-powered flight standard for short-haul flights and to create synthetic fuel to achieve climate-neutrality on medium- and long-haul flights,” the document says.

Travelling by plane has never been more popular, with four billion passengers around the world flying every year.

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Germany’s governing coalition is expected to unveil a major climate package on 20 September.

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