Merkel's conservatives want tax hike for domestic flights - party document

Merkel's conservatives want tax hike for domestic flights - party document
FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly German cabinet meetingin Berlin, Germany, August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse -
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Seeking to tackle climate change, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives want to increase taxes on domestic flights and reduce the cost of long-distance train tickets, a party document seen by Reuters on Friday showed.

The German government – made up of Merkel’s conservatives, their Bavarian CSU sister party and the Social Democrats (SPD) – is expected to present a far-reaching package of climate protection measures on Sept. 20.

The flight levy for domestic flights currently stands at 7.40 euros (£6.60).

“We want to double this ticket tax for all domestic flights and triple it for short-haul domestic flights under 400 kilometres,” said a party document that the board of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) is due to review on Monday.

The document, called “Climate-friendly Germany – using innovations as we head into the future”, showed that the party also wants to make long-distance rail travel cheaper by reducing the value-added tax levied on train tickets.

The document said a premium worth several thousand euros should be introduced to encourage people to scrap old, inefficient heating systems so that climate targets for buildings can be achieved.

(Reporting by Markus Wacket; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Paul Carrel)

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