Will flying become more expensive? – debate on kerosene tax

Will flying become more expensive? - debate on kerosene tax

The federal government wants to introduce concrete laws for more climate protection this year. Whether this should include a tax on kerosene to make flying more expensive is now the subject of intensified debate in politics.

After the heads of the CDU and CSU parliamentary groups from the federal and state governments had shown themselves to be open to the idea, federal economics minister peter altmaier (CDU) expressed skepticism on the subject in berlin on wednesday. The greens criticize him strongly for this. On the other hand, warnings against the introduction of a kerosene tax are coming from the german aviation industry.

"This is a difficult and controversial issue," altmaier said in response to a question. He pointed out that the airline ticket tax had already been introduced a few years ago and that this had also ensured that flying was taxed in line with its environmental impact. "We have every reason to do what we do with as little burden on the citizens as possible"."

When asked whether citizens should expect more expensive air travel for their next summer vacation, altmaier said there was a clear timetable for climate protection measures. Proposals were collected at the moment. In further meetings of the climate cabinet, the federal government will agree on which measures are urgent and in what order they should be implemented. It could not and did not want to anticipate this.

The green member of parliament stefan schmidt criticized altmaier for his statements strongly. It is unbelievable that he "refuses to finally do something for climate protection," said schmidt. "The federal government must finally tax kerosene and thus put an end to the low prices for flights."In return, rail travel must be made more favorable.

The federal association of the german aviation industry, which represents german airlines and airports, warned against a tax on kerosene. If new taxes were imposed on its own, it would only shift traffic, the association said in a statement. "Many passengers would then no longer fly with german airlines via german hub airports, but instead book cheaper connections with foreign companies."

Political decisions are needed "for the development of a renewable fuel at marketable prices – instead of new levies that do nothing for climate policy but hurt international competition," said matthias von randow, chief executive of the association.

At a meeting in weimar on tuesday, the heads of the CDU and CSU parliamentary groups from the federal government and the federal states agreed on a twelve-point plan for climate policy and, among other things, called for the tax exemption for kerosene to be abolished in order to curb CO2 emissions from air traffic. "We want to raise awareness among passengers about the environmental impact of air travel," the paper says.


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