FEDERAL Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says Coalition claims the carbon tax is killing Australia's airline industry are not supported by the record number of people flying domestically each year.
The opposition seized on figures released by Virgin on Tuesday that showed it paid $24 million for emissions in the first six months after the carbon price came into effect on July 1.
It came as the airline reported a drop in its first-half net profit of 56% to $23 million after tax.
Opposition climate change spokesman Greg Hunt said the Virgin result was proof carbon pricing was "a tax on tourism, a tax on families and a tax on jobs".
Mr Albanese said Virgin's decision this week to begin operating two new services from Brisbane to Moranbah and Bundaberg made a mockery of the Coalition's claims.
"Since the introduction of the carbon price ... the number of people flying around our country has continued to rise - the very opposite of what Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt claimed would happen," Mr Albanese said.
"Airfares are five times more affordable today than they were twenty years ago.
"More people are flying than ever before and paying less for their airfares - exposing the Coalition's carbon claims as totally fraudulent."
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