Swedish flight tax may cost 7,000 jobs

Swedish air industry body protests in Copenhagen
It will almost be a financial disaster if Sweden plans to introduce an air passenger tax, the secretary general of the Swedish airline industry association Svenskt Flyg warned at a meeting with business association Dansk Industri in Copenhagen.
For allegedly reducing the environmental impact of air traffic, the Swedish Social Democrat-led government is aiming to introduce passenger charges on flights from 2018.
It will cost an extra SEK 80 (€8.20) for flights within the EU, SEK 280 on flights of up to 6,000 km and SEK 430 on flights of more than 6,000 km.
“It will allegedly provide Sweden with revenues of SEK 1.7 billion a year,” Anna Wilson tells standby.dk.
Svenskt Flyg is very much against the tax and has created a website, EttSlagiLuften.nu.
“Arlanda wants to be the leading airport in the Nordic region, but at the same time Sweden will get a new airport tax. It makes no sense,” she said.
The tax will be Europe’s second highest, she added, surpassed only by the UK. She said that ultimately it will cost 7,000 jobs in Sweden and 1.2 million fewer passengers.
Meanwhile, Wilson said at the meeting in Copenhagen that Stockholm Arlanda Airport is keeping its plans to open a preclearance for travel to the United States.
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