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A first class problem

Most of us only take one or two flights a year at most, but we’re taxed the same as the tiny minority who fly all the time.

Here’s a better way: replace the current tax on flights with a fairer system that taxes people according to how often they fly.

Introducing the Frequent Flyer Levy

Everyone gets one tax free return flight each year.

Tax kicks in at a low rate from the second flight, then goes up a notch for each extra flight in that year.

The extra money is set aside to support greener alternatives to flying.

Why is it a good idea?

Most of us only take one or two flights each year at most, while a tiny handful are taking dozens of flights.

Frequent fliers are causing untold environmental damage - and being rewarded for it with generous tax breaks which all of us pay for. As a result, Britain’s skies are already some of the busiest in the world. Yet the aviation industry wants to double the number of planes up there, and are demanding a new runway so they can do so.

A frequent flyer levy would

  • one
    Shift air tax away from ordinary holidaymakers
    and onto wealthy frequent fliers
  • two
    Make aviation pay its fair share of tax
    for the first time
  • three
    Stop encouraging rich frequent fliers to harm the environment
    through generous tax breaks that keep air fares artificially low
  • four
    Help to level the playing field between planes
    and greener forms of transport like trains
  • five
    Raise more money to help fund sustainable alternatives
    to flying in a time of austerity
  • six
    Let us tackle greenhouse gas emissions from flying
    without penalising ordinary holidaymakers
  • seven
    Mean less noise and air pollution for those
    near airports and under flight paths
  • eight
    Mean there is no need for a new runway
    at Heathrow or Gatwick airport

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