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Ryanair adds 25p green tax levy

No-frills airline Ryanair is to add 25p to all bookings from next week to cover the cost of the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) green tax scheme.

Ryanair, which will bring in the levy from Tuesday January 17, described ETS as an "eco-looney tax".

It said ETS would cost Ryanair passengers between 15 million and 20 million euros during 2012.

The levy will apply per passenger, per one-way flight.

Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: "Ryanair does not believe that European aviation should be included in the ETS scheme since it accounts for less than 2% of the EU's CO2 emissions.

"This latest EU stealth tax will damage traffic, tourism, European competitiveness and jobs at a time when no other economic block is including aviation in their ETS schemes.

"This new ETS tax is the latest in a long line of cost increases imposed on Europe's air passengers by the European Union, which reduces the competitiveness of EU air transport with yet another misguided 'environmental' tax which does nothing for the environment but penalises EU consumers and families."

Meanwhile, Malaysian low-fare airline AirAsia X is to stop its Gatwick to Kuala Lumpur flights from the end of March. The carrier started flights to and from the UK in 2009, flying first from Stansted and switching to Gatwick last year.

AirAsia X currently operates six flights a week between the UK and Malaysia. The UK axing is part of an overall scrapping this year of all its European and India flights.

The carrier blamed the ETS scheme, the UK's air passenger duty departure tax and high oil prices for its decision.

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