Airlines ask passengers for environmental taxes


Four airlines operating in Estonia have started to ask passengers for “voluntary environmental taxes” in an effort to compensate, they say, for carbon dioxide emissions. The airlines’ competitors are sceptical about the scheme. easyJet, Lufthansa, SAS and KLM have launched the scheme over the last eight months. An Estonian Air spokesperson says that the national airline is focussing on projects the results of which are more directly apparent, for example a scheme begun in 2006 to make more economical use of fuel in which each journey, aircraft loading, take-off and landing was planned in great detail. It has helped to save 5 percent of the fuel volume.

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