O'Leary draws battle lines with EU over green taxes

O'Leary draws battle lines with EU over green taxes
Michael O'Leary: "“If you look at the facts, air travel accounts for 2 per cent of Europe’s CO2 emissions."

Debate over aviation's impact on climate change has been unbalanced, says Ryanair chief executive

Michael O’Leary dubbed proposed environmental levies on airlines a “tax on poor people” and described flight shaming as “nonsense” as Ryanair published its mid-year results yesterday.

The chief executive’s comments are notable in the context of the EU’s hardening climate policy. Frans Timmermans, the executive vice-president of the European Commission, has signalled plans to further penalise aviation for its environmental impact.

The Dutch politician has criticised how “cheap” air flight was in...

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