For the wonks among us
June 19, 2017
This paper explores the clearest dimensions of the distributional impacts of the Scottish Government’s planned 50% cut in air passenger taxes, asking the question: who benefits? Download the report here.
Focus on the local environmental consequences of a Heathrow or Gatwick expansion has come at the near-exclusion of discussion about the measures that would be needed to reconcile increased aviation capacity with the UK’s climate change targets. New research we've done with the Campaign for Better Transport provides that vital context. Download the report here.
The New Economics Foundation have done the research to show that a Frequent Flyer Levy can deliver on climate targets and democratize air travel at the same time - with no new runways necessary. Download the report here.
Certain people suggested a Frequent Flyer Levy could be impossible to implement. We knew that couldn’t be right, so we asked some researchers from an environmental consultancy to help us look at the options for how this could work in practice. We’re not wedded to the details of what’s in the report - the principle of fly more, pay more is the important thing - but it is a very robust proof of concept. This can definitely work. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, party poopers. Download the report here.
The Scottish National Party made an embarrassing manifesto pledge to scrap Air Passenger Duty for Scottish airports. The New Economics Foundation explain all the reasons this is the wrong choice for Scotland - and why a Frequent Flyer Levy would be a much better idea - in this briefing. Download the report here.
Alongside the New Economics Foundation we have made a joint submission to the Scottish Government's consultation on reducing APD. You can read that here.