Sweden introduces eco-friendly aviation tax

All flights departing from Swedish airports will now have an added charge in a bid to lessen air travel's impact on the climate
All flights departing from Swedish airports will now have an added charge in a bid to lessen air travel's impact on the climate

Sweden introduced a new aviation tax on Sunday that will add an extra charge to all passenger flights from the country in a bid to lessen air travel's impact on the climate.

"The objective of the tax is to minimise the of flights following a sharp increase in ," climate minister and Greens spokeswoman Isabella Lovin wrote in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

All flights departing from Swedish airports will have an added charge of between 60 to 400 krona ($7 to $49, six to 39 euros), depending on the destination.

It will apply to everyone except babes in arms, crews, passengers stopping over without changing planes and—in some circumstances—those in transit to take another flight.

According to a survey published on March 25 by Dagens Nyheter, 53 percent of Swedes are in the favour of the new tax.

However the opposition Centre party has criticised the move, calling for airlines to be required to use a percentage of biofuels.


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Apr 02, 2018
How the hell is this going to reduce the CO2 impact of air travel?

To add on extra payments just reduces air travel itself while the climate impact of flying remains the same - so it doesn't accomplish anything but economic harm to the country by hurting their own businesses.

If this isn't a blatant money grab, then it's climate ludditism: "Hmm, air travel hurts the climate; instead of developing less polluting airplanes, let's just throw clogs in the turbines and stop everyone from flying."

Same as with eco-ludditism in social planning: "Hmm, cars pollute the cities; instead of developing better cars and lay the roads straight, let's just plan the cities to be undriveable and make private car ownership impossible."

Apr 03, 2018
This is foolish. The journey by air produces far less carbon dioxide and climatic warming than when the same journey were to be made by surface transport.

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