Airlines are filling the planes with more fuel than is necessary to avoid having to buy more expensive aircraft fuel in countries with local special fees, SAS believes.
The purpose of the phenomenon called “fuel tanking” is to reduce the amount of fuel to fill at the destination airport and avoid expensive local taxes, Nettavisen writes.
Information Manager Knut Morten Johansen of SAS tells the newspaper that the practice is a direct consequence of various price and fee levels, due to local climate taxes on aviation fuel. A lot of fuel leads to higher weight, and with the larger emissions, he believes.
– Local special taxes can seem counterproductive in an environmental context when it is best to use it for environmental promotion measures in the aviation value chain, and investments in new aircraft and environmentally friendly biofuels, says Johansen. He rejects that SAS operates with this practice.
Facing Nettavisen, the airline Norwegian will not answer yes or no to whether the company operates with fuel tanking, but they confirm that weather, distance and costs are among the factors that determine where the airline refuels fuel.
According to Eurocontrol, the practice in the aviation industry leads to an annual climate emission similar to that of a European city with 100,000 inhabitants.
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