Spain: New law could cause flight costs to soar

Book your flight to Spain now to avoid paying a high price due to new laws that could cause airfares skyrocket.

This news comes following the publication of a Deloitte report, which predicts that Spanish tourism could be in trouble if carbon cutting measures are not implemented.

As many as 11 million tourists could miss out on holidays to Spain in the future


In the future, up to 11 million tourists may miss Spain holidaysCredit to Alamy

The report is entitled “Flying towards a sustainable future”According to some estimates, up to 11,000,000 tourists could be denied Spain holidays due to rising climate change prices.

The costs are set to come as part of the European Commission’s fit for 55 plan, which refers to the EU’s target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030​. 

One of the measures suggested for the plan is a £6.85 ticket tax to be added to the cost of flights to and from Spain.

The airlines will also need to use 5 percent sustainable aviation fuel. This will increase ticket prices.

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It is not the first warning of higher flight prices this year either, with Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association, saying this summer that surging oil prices will affect the cost of tickets.

According to him, the BBC was informed by him that flights are becoming more expensive due to the high oil price. It is obvious that this will lead to higher ticket prices.

Consumers will pay more for flying, it is certain.

“Oil is the single biggest element of an airlines’ cost base. It is inevitable that ultimately the high oil prices will be passed through to consumers.”

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary also made similar warnings, saying the average cost of a ticket will rise by around £15,

He said that he had told the Financial Times: “It’s too cheap for what it is.

“I find it absurd every time that I fly to Stansted, the train journey into central London is more expensive than the air fare.

“It has been my doing [taking prices so low]. It paid me well.

“I don’t believe air travel is sustainable over the medium term at an average fare of €40 (£34). It’s too cheap at that.”

The president of Spain’s Association of Airlines (ALA), Javier Gándara has said that there are more effective ways of cutting emissions that would not impact the Spanish economy.

He argued: “In the aviation sector we are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

“We share the goal with the EU and with our Government, but we believe that there are other solutions on the way to achieve that goal that are more effective and favourable for the economy and employment.”

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Steve Heapy, Jet2’s boss, has warned that prices will go up next summer.

Other charges can also increase the cost of flight tickets for passengers.

Flight prices to Spain are set to go up as part of new laws to combat climate change


New laws combating climate change will cause flight prices to Spain to rise.Credit: Getty

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