De-incentivise air transport

People who travel frequently for non-essential reasons should be taxed increasingly heavily with each additional air trip that they take each year. 

The carbon impact of air transport should be flagged up when people purchase a ticket, and offsetting stepped up.

People willing to travel by rail for their professional movements should see their additional time and expense compensated (e.g. price difference reimbursed, extra annual leave allowance).


Why the contribution is important

This matters because air transport needs to be de-normalised owing to its high emission levels.

by clemenceoconnor on October 26, 2020 at 01:37AM

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  • Posted by Gregor October 26, 2020 at 09:07

    Allow a maximum number of flights for all citizens per year. Improve rail prices and ferries from Scotland to Europe and Scandinavia!
  • Posted by AndrewR October 26, 2020 at 12:48

    I agree - there are also fewer ferry routes than there used to be (e.g. to Norway), and the government could consider ways of encouraging these to be reinstated.
  • Posted by kerryjanerait October 26, 2020 at 13:07

    Agree, we must make ferries and trains cheaper, and air fares should reflect their true cost. Air travel should never be the cheapest option. In particular, the cost of the NI Scotland ferry link is outrageous, and poor connections either side make taking acar almost a necessity.
  • Posted by DeclanM October 26, 2020 at 13:57

    Also agree, the more exponential the tax for additional flights the more effective I think this will be. Should also be far, far higher for domestic flights which are completely un-necessary.
  • Posted by TaraR October 26, 2020 at 14:59

    ban domestic flights, including ones to england and wales. Replace with other forms of transport. Ban all airport expansions
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