Ryanair 737-800. By Rob Finlayson

Ryanair (FR) will introduce a €0.25 ($0.32) levy per passenger per segment for all bookings made from Jan.17 to cover costs incurred from the inclusion of aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) (ATW Daily News, Dec. 22, 2011).

Europe’s largest LCC said it estimates the EU ETS will cost it between €15 million ($19.1 million) and €20 million this year.

“Ryanair does not believe that European aviation should be included in the ETS scheme since it accounts for less than 2% of the EU’s CO2 emissions. This latest EU stealth tax will damage traffic, tourism, European competiveness and jobs at a time when no other economic block is including aviation in their ETS schemes,” it said in a statement.

The new ETS tax “reduces the competitiveness of EU air transport with yet another misguided ‘environmental’ tax, which does nothing for the environment but penalizes EU consumers and families,” he said.