Published on : Thursday, May 16, 2019
Ryanair has condemned the proposed National Aviation Tax by Dutch Government, which is due to be introduced in 2021. This proposed aviation taxation will affect the environmentally damaging and connecting flights. It is because it exempts the transfer passengers at Schiphol’s hub airport, while imposing the tax on more environmentally efficient direct flights taken by Dutch consumers and visitors travelling to and from the Netherlands.
The connecting passengers at Schiphol who make no contribution to the Dutch economy, should be paying the cost of their damaging environmental footprint.
The passengers of Ryanair have the lowest carbon footprint (CO2 per passenger km) of any airline operating to and from the Netherlands and Ryanair are investing in quieter, more fuel-efficient new aircraft – while KLM continues to operate older, half empty, less fuel-efficient aircraft.
This tax rewards KLM’s environmental inefficiency, yet penalises all the Dutch passengers choosing Ryanair, Europe’s greenest cleanest airline.
The passengers of Ryanair has already contribute to the environment by choosing to fly with Europe’s greenest, cleanest airline, they pay environmental taxes through both the EU’s ETS fees and excessive Government taxes, and now they are to be penalised again by this Dutch Government tax, which will exempt KLM’s environmentally inefficient transfer passengers.
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said that this Dutch Aviation Tax has nothing to do with the environment, it’s just another state subsidy to KLM. If the Dutch Government is serious about the environment then it should apply environmental taxes to the biggest polluter which is those passengers taking 2 connecting flights at Schiphol on older aircraft, and instead levy lower taxes on environmentally efficient airlines carrying passengers on direct flights on newer aircraft to/from the Netherlands.