Ryanair has “condemned” the EU Commission’s refusal to back proposals to extend the EU’s emissions trading scheme to flights outside the European Union, a decision the Irish carrier said would mean short-haul passengers “pay an unfair burden”. Long-haul flights to and from the EU account for 54% of aviation-sector emissions but carry 6% of EU passengers, the airline said in a statement, in which it slammed what it labelled “an indefensible exemption for the richest passengers”. Chief executive Michael O’Leary said the Commission had left people from “peripheral member states” such as Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Portugal, who he said

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