Michael O’Leary urges Ireland to oppose ‘madcap’ end to aviation fuel tax exemption

O’Leary claimed that Ireland’s economy depended on rejecting the ‘penal and discriminatory’ fuel tax

Writing to the minister, O’Leary described the Energy Tax Directive amendment as an ‘all-out assault’ on Europe’s aviation model. Picture: Hollie Adams

EU proposals to introduce a fuel tax for European flights would make flying to Ireland “unaffordable for millions”, Michael O’Leary has told the government.

In a letter to the minister for finance, O’Leary said that proposals to remove existing tax exemptions for aviation fuel would “disproportionately damage” economies like Ireland that depend on direct air connectivity.