AirNewsTimes Uk About US Contact

Qatar Airways chief criticizes EU emissions law

Qatar Airways chief criticizes EU emissions law

The head of fast-growing Gulf carrier Qatar Airways on Monday criticized a new European policy charging airlines for their carbon pollution as a tax aimed at shoring up the continent's finances.

» Airlines - W | Tuesday, April 17, 2012 • The Associated Press
Speaking at an aerospace conference in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker predicted the emissions policy would be "the most important thing" facing the industry — and Mideast carriers in particular — in the coming years.

"This is just unfortunately a cover-up for the inefficiencies of the European Union in the management of their finances," al-Baker said. "This is an ... indirect way of collecting more taxes, but I don't know what they are going to do with all this money."

Al-Baker's comments are the latest barbs aimed at the European Union's decision to add airlines to its so-called emissions trading scheme, which aims to reduce global warming. Although lauded by environmentalists, the new rules have been criticized as unfair by several countries.

The EU plan requires airlines flying to or from Europe to obtain certificates for carbon dioxide emissions. They will get free credits to cover most flights this year, but after that must buy or trade for credits.

Emissions are counted for the entire length of any flight that touches down in Europe. Opponents say the EU has no right to impose fees on flights outside its airspace.

European leaders say the curbs are needed because aviation carbon emissions on the continent have doubled between 1990 and 2006, and because world leaders have failed to reach a new global deal on cutting emissions.

China announced in February it would prohibit its airlines from paying the EU charges, whose critics also include the United States, Russia and India.

The issue is sensitive for booming Mideast carriers such as Qatar Airways because they are rapidly expanding their fleets to accommodate increased long-haul traffic through their Gulf hubs. Their route networks include numerous European destinations, including several cities in Britain and Germany alone.

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which hosts the region's other major carriers, Emirates and Etihad Airways, have not yet taken any retaliatory action against Europe over the emissions scheme.

But Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of the region's biggest carrier Emirates, told reporters the policy remains a concern for the industry as a whole. He noted that Emirates' fleet — like that of its Gulf rivals — relies heavily on younger, more fuel-efficient planes than many airlines elsewhere in the world.

"It will hurt everybody. At the end of the day, the passenger will pay for it," he said.

 The Associated Press
Warning: Comments which include insulting, offensive sentences or hints, assault and comments with the unwritten rules of spellingand written in English characters incorrectly will not be approved.
Login to make a comment with your user name
Yorumunuzu Sendin
Tüm Yorumları Okumak İçin tıklayın

More News

flydubai adds three new routes in East Africa
Friday, August 29, 2014    
IATA Appoints Director of Safety
Thursday, August 28, 2014    
Scandinavian Airlines arrives in Houston
Thursday, August 21, 2014    
Turkish Airlines is growing in East Africa
Thursday, August 21, 2014    
TAI delivers first Bombardier C Series FTE
Thursday, August 21, 2014    
Gulf Air Launches EthicsPoint
Thursday, August 21, 2014    
Ryanair Launches Paypal Partnership
Tuesday, August 19, 2014    
Cairns Airport welcomes Airnorth
Tuesday, August 19, 2014    
Emirates SkyCargo uses X-Mover from Unitechnik
Thursday, August 07, 2014    
Lufthansa Group Communications reorganized
Thursday, August 07, 2014    
Girma Wake, Chairman, RwandAir
Thursday, August 07, 2014    
The A350 XWB makes its debut in Australia
Thursday, August 07, 2014    
ANA Holdings firms up order for A320neo Family
Monday, August 04, 2014    
Gulf Air Rolls Out iPad Electronic Flight Bags
Monday, August 04, 2014    
Emirates to avoid Iraqi airspace
Saturday, August 02, 2014    
Boeing Delivers ANA's First 787-9 Dreamliner
Saturday, August 02, 2014    
IAG firms up for 8 Airbus A350-900
Saturday, August 02, 2014    
Turkish Airlines is growing in East Africa
Turkish Airlines is growing in East Africa
Asmara became the first flight point in Eritrea. While Eritrea became 27th
Gulf Air Launches EthicsPoint
Gulf Air Launches EthicsPoint
Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, today launched “EthicsPoint” a third
Emirates SkyCargo uses X-Mover from Unitechnik
Emirates SkyCargo uses X-Mover from Unitechnik
Emirates SkyCargo now has the capability to store and retrieve ULDs from hi
Emirates to avoid Iraqi airspace
Emirates to avoid Iraqi airspace
Emirates Airlines has announced it will avoid Iraqi airspace as violence ri
MH17: Airlines press for security review
MH17: Airlines press for security review
Lufthansa joins Emirates in calling for an international summit on how to a
Boeing, Qatar Airways Finalize Order for 50 777Xs
Boeing, Qatar Airways Finalize Order for 50 777Xs
Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for 50 777-9Xs, valued at
Boeing Rolls Out 5000th Next-Generation 737
Boeing Rolls Out 5000th Next-Generation 737
Boeing rolled out the 5000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The airplane is
  • Kara Kutu

  • Çok Okunan

  • Yorumlanan

AirNews'i Delicious'ta PaylaşınAirNews'i Stumbleupon'da Paylaşın!AirNews'i Twitter'da Takip Edin!AirNews Facebook Sayfasını Ziyaret EdinAirNews RSS
UK News | World | Aviation | Airlines | Airports | Business | Space | Technology | Tourism | Photos | Videos

This Site All Rights Reserved. Not be quoted without permission.

Copyright © 2008 - 2011 airnewstimes.co.uk

Design / Software: Air News Times