Cutting Air Passenger Duty would be plane stupid

Airlines are calling on the Government to scrap Air Passenger Duty. We say it’s vital to keep it.

Easyjet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways want an end to the duty, which the Government charges per passenger flying out of the UK. The airlines pass this cost on to their customers.

Massive subsidy

Lowering or scrapping Air Passenger Duty (APD) would make flights cheaper.

But we think aviation is already under-taxed. They receive more than £11bn in subsidies from the taxpayer each year through:

  • Tax-free fuel
  • No VAT on flights or new planes

APD goes some way to reflecting, in the price of an airline ticket, the serious and growing environmental effects of flying. To scrap it would be a mistake.

In the long-term we'd prefer an even better solution. A per-plane tax would help ensure that planes fly full – more efficient than transporting lots of empty seats.

Air Passenger Duty plays an important part in tackling aviation’s significant impact on climate change – ministers must stand up to this unfair lobbying.

Richard Dyer, Transport Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

Plane stupid

Air travel is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, which cause climate change.

Letting aviation emissions soar will make it much harder for the UK to tackle dangerous climate change. It could mean we'll need to make even bigger energy savings in our homes and businesses.

What you can do

If you’re planning a holiday, there are lots of great destinations you can reach without having to fly.

Check out our green blog for some bright ideas.