Monday July 6, 2020

O'Leary draws battle lines with EU over green taxes

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

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

5th November, 2019
Michael O'Leary: "“If you look at the facts, air travel accounts for 2 per cent of Europe’s CO2 emissions."

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...

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