Airlines brace for climate strings attached to coronavirus bailouts

POLITICO EU | Airlines bludgeoned by the coronavirus crisis are seeking urgent assistance to stave off bankruptcy, but that doesn't mean they're going to get an easy ride on efforts to slash emissions. With the sector at its most desperate for taxpayer cash, now could even be a pretty good time to twist arms. Rather than offering some carbon leeway to aviation companies at perhaps their lowest point in the history of commercial flying (and there’s only a fewer percent lower you can go than, as in Italy, an 80 percent drop in ticket sales), Brussels is eyeing a global-warming quid pro quo as the sector seeks unprecedented financial support.

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