Air France’s Lufthansa joins forces against EU aviation climate program

On May 26, 2020, a plane of the German airline Lufthansa was parked at Berlin Schönefeld Airport during the epidemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Schönefeld, Germany. (FabrizioBensch / Reuters)

Berlin — The airline-airport alliance called for a change in climate change legislation planned by the European Union on Monday, arguing that it would reduce its competitiveness with non-European rivals.

The European Union issued stricter rules on CO2 emissions and the use of synthetic fuel blends and the implementation of kerosene taxes in July last year, aiming for aviation, a sector that is considered to account for up to 3% of world emissions. Announced a forecast plan.

The alliance, which includes all Lufthansa subsidiaries, Air France-KLM, and major airports such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam’s Skipole, is subject to the same related costs for long-haul flights via hubs outside Europe. A potential shift in business to such a career, claiming that it should not.

The alliance has rejected kerosene taxes altogether, proposing that environmental surcharges be based on entire flight routes, not just feeder flights that carry passengers from the EU to international hubs such as Istanbul and Dubai.

However, in principle, the alliance supports the EU’s “Fit for 55” climate package, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.