Saturday August 8, 2020

Airline bailout deals should aim to replace planes with trains, Greens tell EU

MEPs say state aid should come with strings attached – including phasing out short-haul flights and ending tax-free jet fuel

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

3rd May, 2020
“Airlines have successfully avoided paying their fair share in the fight against climate change”

Green MEPS have written to the European Commission calling for environmental conditions to be attached to state bailouts of airlines under way across Europe.

The group of Green MEPs, including Irish MEP Ciaran Cuffe, said aviation was a major contributor to transport emissions in Europe and already enjoyed “unfair advantages” over other modes of transport, such as the tax-free status of jet fuel.

“If we recognise that we cannot return to business as...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Local people have reported falling sick due to the noxious odours emanating from the former gasworks premises on Dock Road

Daniel Murray | 6 days ago

Peter Sweetman has been involved in 351 of the 624 appeals since the beginning of 2018

Michael Brennan | 1 week ago

Cut from current 120 km/h to 110 km/h would help curtail carbon emissions but also lengthen travel times

Michael Brennan | 2 weeks ago