Ryanair CEO opposes plans

Sweden’s Green Party has long advocated a tax on airline tickets, suggesting a levy of SKr 110 for short-haul EU flights, and of SKr 270 for long-haul flights. The Social Democrats have been indifferent to the idea, but the government has in any case appointed a commission of inquiry, which in the autumn will suggest how to design such a tax.

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary has slammed the plans, which he describes as crazy. He says airline passengers will abandon Sweden as a tourist destination, if the Greens’ plans are realised: “You have good football teams and beautiful women, but otherwise there is no reason to come to Sweden,” he remarks.