German call for higher taxes on air travel

Environment agency takes a stand citing new estimate of aviation's external environmental costs

The German environment agency today urged action to make the price of flying more truly reflect its external environmental and social costs. These costs need to be internalised in order to strengthen incentives for the sector to reduce its environmental impacts, it said.

The agency based its statement on an assessment of passenger air transport's external costs commissioned from researchers at the Dutch centre for energy conservation and environmental technology (CE). According to the agency the study is among the first of its type to be carried out.

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