Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has warned that global warming panic could bring the aviation industry to a halt, saying additional airline taxes could take the world back to the 1920s.
Speaking at the Centre for Aviation summit in Sydney this week, Mr Joyce hit back at climate change hysteria and ‘flight shaming’.
Mr Joyce referenced an increase in the amount of global warming rallies being held globally and a rise in activists criticising travellers who fly, The Australian reported.
‘We don’t want to go back to the 1920s and not have air travel. We need to make sure that we keep the baby, because it is important for the world economy to have connections,’ he said.
He pointed out that the airline industry had made a difference to the world in terms of economic trade and job creation.
‘We know there’s an environmental impact, but the things we’re doing as an industry are fantastic. We have targets by 2050 to reduce our CO2 emissions to half the levels of 2005,’ he said.
Just last month, the French government announced an ‘eco-tax’ on all flights out of airports in France, which would rack up $300 million per year.
Passengers in The Netherlands have are now being slugged a levy of $11.60, amid calls for the European Union to enforce taxes across the whole continent.
Mr Joyce said the aim of the new tariffs is to limit commercial flights by slugging customers and airlines more.