Major airlines in China will not pay the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) tax, the China Air Transport Association (CATA) has said.
Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines have refused to pay the carbon emissions tax introduced by European authorities on 1 January this year. The carriers could now face a combined £79 million fine or be stopped from flying into Europe for refusing to pay towards the scheme.

China has been joined by India, the US and Canada in its criticisms against ETS, as well as the UK travel industry in light of an increase in Air Passenger Duty. In December, US carriers failed in attempts to not pay the levy.

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