"Business class to pay eco-tax"

24th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2007, THE HAGUE – KLM is thinking of making business class passengers pay for the environmental tax the government wants to introduce instead of adding a tax to all tickets, including economy class.

24 May 2007

THE HAGUE – KLM is thinking of making business class passengers pay for the environmental tax the government wants to introduce instead of adding a tax to all tickets, including economy class.

Labour PvdA Minister for the Environment Jacqueline Cramer mentioned on Thursday in consultation with Parliament that "KLM is working on this kind of proposal."

The cabinet wants to introduce the tax in an attempt to crack down on air pollution. The coalition accord states that the government expects to collect EUR 350 million in revenue from the measure. Airlines are fiercely opposed to the tax.

Michael O' Leary, CEO of Ryanair, Europe’s largest budget airline, recently said the government plans were "completely mad." He says the tax will do nothing to cut down on levels of CO2 emissions.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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