Apr 2018 – As of April 1, a new eco tax on air travel has come into force in Sweden that will add 60 kronor ($7) to the cost of domestic flights and flights within the EU, while flights to countries outside the EU but not travelling further than 6,000kms will cost 250 kronor ($29) more. Passengers on long-haul flights of more than 6,000kms will pay an additional 400 kronor ($47) on their tickets. Brought in by the minority Green Party in the coalition Swedish government, the tax has been opposed by other political parties and sharply criticised by airlines. However, a poll last month in a Swedish newspaper showed a small majority (53%) of the respondents supported the tax compared to 44% when the same poll was carried out a year ago. The government said it was unfair for the most environmentally damaging method of transport to escape such a tax.
“The objective of the tax is to minimise the carbon footprint of flights following a sharp increase in air travel,” Sweden’s climate minister and Greens spokesperson Isabella Lövin wrote in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
The tax will not apply to babies, flight crews, passengers stopping without changing planes and, in certain circumstances, transit passengers.
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