Scholz wants to take action against cheap flights

The SPD wants to make rail travel more attractive with the help of a price limit for air travel. While the flights within Europe should no longer cost less than 50 euros, the Chancellor candidate is sticking to local public transport, which is subject to a charge.

Olaf Scholz (SPD) in Berlin on Wednesday

SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz wants to take action against cheap flights within Europe and enforce a price limit. “No flight can be cheaper than the airport charges and all other fees that arise for it,” said Scholz on Wednesday evening on the program “ProSieben Spezial Live”. Further regulations are legally difficult. That means, however, “that there will certainly not be a (flight) that will then be less than 50 or 60 euros”. Even that is still quite cheap, compared to what air travel would have cost in the past.

In the election program it adopted last Sunday, the SPD promised that rail travel within Europe would be cheaper and more attractive than flying. On the other hand, Scholz does not consider free local public transport realistic – at least not if it is also to be expanded. But he spoke out in favor of more 365 euro tickets in municipalities and districts. In addition, a lot of money has to be invested in the expansion of local transport.

The cabinet launched a new climate protection law on Wednesday. Germany is to become climate neutral by 2045 – and five years earlier than previously planned, it will only emit as many harmful greenhouse gases as can be bound again. To achieve this, the individual economic sectors such as transport or industry must cut emissions significantly by 2030. Scholz emphasized that an expansion of renewable energies was crucial.