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