New tax forces Norwegian, Widerøe to up fares

But SAS, Ryanair not passing it on to consumers, for now
A new passenger tax due to be enforced by Norway’s government from April 1 will force low-cost carrier Norwegian to raise its fares, a spokesman for the airline says.
Norwegian and domestic carrier Widerøe both say they will increase ticket prices by NOK 90 (€9.60) per journey. However, SAS and Ryanair have said they are not passing the costs of the new passenger duty on to consumers for now.
“Ticket prices have been adjusted to take into account the implementation of the proposed passenger charge,” Norwegian’s head of communications Lassae Sandaker-Nielsen told NRK.
Widerøe communications chief Richard Kongsteien told NRK: “We have put prices up to avoid making losses on previously-sold tickets that will now become subject to the charge.”
The tax was approved by Norway’s parliament in December but has been strongly protested by airlines, who argue it will damage regional routes while not achieving the intended aim of cutting carbon emissions.
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