The government of the Netherlands has announced that it has tripled air passenger tax from January 1 this year, as part of efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from flying.
According to local media reports, the Dutch government has increased air passenger tax by € 18.48 from the beginning of this year, while the flight tax has surged from about €8 to over € 26 per flight ticket, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Increasing the air passenger tax, according to authorities in the Netherlands, would reduce the price of an airline ticket as well as a train ticket. The cabinet wants to encourage people to choose trains instead of planes. In addition air passenger tax of more than €26 includes short-haul and long-haul tickets.
It has been reported that flight tax has existed since 2021 and was introduced in order to reduce CO2 emissions from flying. Such a measure that has recently been introduced is part of the 2023 Tax Plan.
A report provided by De Telegraaf, the recent changes have been presented in order to “encourage passengers to choose more sustainable transport options such as the train”, and also to provide an additional source of revenue.
In December last year, the CEO of KLM, Marjan Rintel, addressed a message to people urging them to travel by train instead of plane for short distances. In addition, she believes the airline industry should stop viewing rail as a competitor.
“If you are serious about achieving your sustainability goals, the train is not a competitor. We have to work together,” the KLM CEO stressed regarding the issue in an interview with the Financial Times. Besides, she said that to connect its two bases, Amsterdam (KLM) as well as Paris (Air France), she only choses trains.
Authorities in the Netherlands are continuously attempting to reduce CO2 emissions, encouraging all persons to choose other ways of transportation instead of planes.
In addition, back in 2020, Air France already made an agreement with the government of France in order to limit domestic routes in exchange for financial aid during the COVID-19 situation.
At the same time, the government of the Netherlands announced its intention to diminish the number of flights departing from the airport of Schiphol by over 10 per cent, with short-haul flights in mind.
According to KLM, by November this year, just 440,000 flight movements per year will be permitted, in comparison to 500,000.