FRANKFURT / BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The Lufthansa -Group expects billions in additional costs if the EU Commission’s “Fit for 55” climate package were implemented unchanged. The airline group would have to bear additional costs of 15 to 20 billion euros by 2035, the company calculates in its “Political Letter” published on Wednesday. A unilateral burden of up to 7 billion euros can be expected by 2030.
The Commission has proposed tougher emissions trading, a European kerosene tax and binding blending quotas for sustainable fuels in order to accelerate Co2 reduction for aviation. However, the aviation industry sees disadvantages in the specific design compared to non-European competitors who, with their cost advantages, could divert passengers to Turkey or the Middle East, for example.
In the policy letter, Lufthansa completely rejects a kerosene tax. When adding sustainable fuels, as in other areas of the economy, regulations are needed that prevent a mere shift in CO2 pollution. Emissions trading, which has only been running within Europe so far, must be expanded to include feeder flights to airports outside of Europe.
Group boss Carsten Spohr told the “vbw-Unternehmermagazin” (Thursday): “It must not be that European airlines are clearly disadvantaged compared to non-European airlines. If tickets in Europe become more expensive and people then take the detour via Istanbul or Dubai, it increases CO2 emissions and Germany as a business location will be weakened. ” Fair competition with the main competitors from the Middle East, China, the USA and Turkey must be ensured./ceb/DP/jha
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