According to a report by the BBC, the China Air Transport Association (CATA) has said that its members, which include Air China, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, will not pay the European Union’s new tax aimed at cutting carbon emissions.
On January 1, the EU introduced its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which levies a charge on flights to and from 27 EU countries, based on their emissions.
Airlines failing to comply with the tax can be fined or even prohibited from flying in the region, yet CATA has refused to cooperate. It has been estimated that the scheme could cost Chinese airlines up to an additional $124 million every year.
Chai Haibo, CATA’s Deputy Secretary General, said: “The CATA, on behalf of Chinese airlines, is strongly against the EU’s improper practice of unilaterally forcing international airlines into ETS.”
A spokesperson for the EU has declared that the body will not back down, saying: “We’re confident that companies will comply.”
In December, the US attempted to block the tax, but the European Court of Justice ruled that the scheme was legal and