Thu, Jan 11, 2007
Says Business Travelers, Connecting Passengers Should Pay
Michael O'Leary, CEO of Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair, says he
has the answer to political concerns over the impact commercial
aviation has on global warming: increase taxes on those who
contribute most to the problem.
"There is a way that tax can be aimed at aviation," O'Leary told
reporters Wednesday. "You should penalize old aircraft, you should
penalize business class, you should penalize connecting
O'Leary told Reuters those travelers are paying far too little
now... and that his plan makes better sense than the British
government's proposal to charge close to $20 dollars in fees to
Ryanair passengers on a $50 ticket.
No stranger to controversy, the brash CEO made his comments in
response to British environment minister Ian Pearson -- who said
last week Ryanair was "the irresponsible face of capitalism" over
its position on global warming.
O'Leary says everyone needs to cool off, and end what he calls
the "environmental hysteria" in Britain over charging airlines for
the amount of CO2 emissions they put into the air. He notes the
entire airline industry worldwide contributes less than two percent
of all CO2 emissions.
You'll notice O'Leary's suggestions would steer most fees away
from his airline... as Ryanair primarily flies point-to-point
routes, using newer-model aircraft.
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