The Greens want to make the train travel in the next 15 years, so attractive that domestic flights are worthwhile. “By 2035 we want to make domestic flights largely obsolete,” says an author of the paper from the Green group in the Bundestag, which is the “süddeutsche Zeitung”.

The Railways are to get a year to three billion euros, the rail network to expand and to make it faster. The aim must be to reduce the travel time between as many locations as possible in the domestic and in neighbouring countries to “a maximum of four hours”. Specifically, the authors call the Connections between Cologne and Düsseldorf to Berlin, Hamburg or in the direction of Munich as well as the route Frankfurt/Berlin.

the paper also proposed a “step-by-step introduction of the kerosene tax for domestic flights”. This should be gradually in the tax rate for gasoline adjusted, currently 65 cents per litre.

the railway is to fall in contrast, VAT from 19 to seven percent. “It can’t be that the plane is subsidized as the climate most harmful modes of transport, still with Billions, while the environment is funded rail’s chronic,” said Daniela Wagner, one of the authors of the paper, the “süddeutsche Zeitung”.

2018 flew, according to the Federal statistical office, 23.5 million passengers in the domestic market. In 2017, there were 23.7 million, a Minus of 0.8 percent.

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