Friday December 6, 2019

Sinn Féin’s frequent flyer tax is an idea with wings

Party researching €5 levy for people taking more than six flights a year

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
15th October, 2019
Jet fuel is exempt from taxation and the introduction of a levy would need the approval of all EU member states Photo: Getty

That is because jet fuel is tax-free dating back to a 1944 international agreement.

Given that the carbon tax - up €6 increase to €26 a tonne – is supposed to reach €80 a tonne by 2030, that state of affairs is going to come into question.

Already, there have been grumblings from car drivers that they are bearing the brunt of climate action policies while air passengers escape scot-free.

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