Want to fly? – Then pay for emissions

Before only conscious passengers were paying for emissions, starting in 2012 all will have to pay. From 1 January 2012 the Norwegian government introduced surcharges to passengers for the emission of greenhouse gases. Innovation will affect all flights – both within Norway and across Europe. Collection will depend on the length of the route and will be from 40 to 320 kroner, or 5 to 40 euros.

Ex-gratia payments, which were practiced until recently gave little effect, said the Norwegian government.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg hoped that the imposition of additional fees will force airlines to take better care of the safety climate, including the introduction of modern technologies. Carriers will seek to maximize the high-loading of aircraft, and possibly reduce the number of air routes.

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