Passengers prefer research on new fuels before fees

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appealed to European governments that are considering the possible introduction of a tax on airline tickets, at the proposal of the Government of the Netherlands, saying that passengers prefer to encourage development of new technologies and sustainable fuels to reduce carbon emissions, according to an investigation commissioned by said association.

According to this survey, before “ineffective environmental taxation”, passengers prefer prioritizing the management of air traffic impacts on climate change, supporting the development of sustainable fuels (64%) and new technologies and improvements in operations (62 %), as opposed to taxes, only supported by 22%.

“Public opinion has a clear message for governments: work with aviation to encourage investment in clean fuels and new hybrid and electric technology, which will help airlines reduce emissions by half by 2050”, has indicated the CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, in a statement.

Commercial aviation is responsible for “about 2% of annual global carbon emissions”. The industry aims to limit the emission of Carbon Dioxide (C02) through carbon neutral growth after 2020 and reduce it by half by 2050 compared to 2005.

The participants in the survey, in addition, do not trust that the Government will invest the environmental taxes in actions for the environment. This opinion is uniform in all the countries participating in the survey – France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom – with an oscillation between 53% and 81% that showed no faith in it.