Make air transport pay its way

Tax aeroplane fuel to the extent that any other transport fuel is taxed.  Stop grants and subsidies for building and maintaining airports and associated infrastructure.

Why the contribution is important

Air transport is heavily subsidised - aeroplane fuel is untaxed, airports get subsidies and grants.  Airlines don't pay for the disturbance and pollution they cause.  We could start by taxing fuel and not giving them perverse subsidies.  Then maybe tax them to the extent that their pollution damages the environment.  It would mean more expensive flights but you really should be paying the full price for that weekend break in Eastern Europe, or those beans flown in from Kenya, rather than being subsidised by everyone else.

by nickm on October 23, 2020 at 12:12AM

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  • Posted by bettyw99 October 23, 2020 at 18:28

    I would go further & introduce a frequent flyer tax to help off set carbon emissions from flying - you get one tax free (but still including suggestion that fuel is taxed - this would be an extra tax) return flight each year. Emissions from air transport should be included in national totals
  • Posted by yossarianlives October 23, 2020 at 18:59

    Government campaigns to highlight cost to the planet of air travel and encourage minimisation of holidays overseas - public education on this needed as many people seem to assume that 2-3 holidays abroad per year is "normal"

    Potential tax breaks given to companies investing in possibility of electric planes
  • Posted by davidso October 24, 2020 at 00:51

    Reallocate the current subsidies from aviation to industries which contribute to a liveable future
  • Posted by steveh October 24, 2020 at 16:00

    I agree with a frequent flyer tax too.
  • Posted by mattc October 25, 2020 at 07:32

    And increase business taxes for flying. The oil and gas industry in Aberdeen is infamous for flying people all over the world and often just for meetings. When I working in the industry I once had to send a team member to Australia for a 2 hour meeting. This is madness.
  • Posted by SimonClark October 26, 2020 at 13:24

    Yes A frequent flyer tax, the more profitable the company, the higher it is.
  • Posted by mravilious October 26, 2020 at 14:50

    Agreed, Government need to URGENTLY switch from subsidising industries which create an existential threat for every living being on this planet, to heavily taxing them.
    ++ A frequent flier tax - this seems to me a fair way to make the transition.
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