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BBC Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin, reports on research that indicates that (pre-covid) in the UK, 70% of flights are taken by just 15% of Brits. From previous surveys we’ve done here at InsideFlyer, that figure seems plausible.
The situation has led to various campaign groups, including Greenpeace, calling for a ‘frequent flyer levy’. Essentially, what that would mean is that the more you fly, the more tax you pay on those flights.
Alethea Warrington, from climate change action group Possible, said:
“This report shows the same pattern of inequality around the world – a small minority of frequent flyers take an unfair share of the flights…While the poorest communities are already suffering the impacts of a warming climate, the benefits of high-carbon lifestyles are enjoyed only by the few. A lot of people travel. But only the privileged few fly often.”
John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, goes even further:
“Taxing frequent fliers is a good idea – but we also have to do something about air miles, which reward frequent fliers for flying more frequently. This is obscene during a climate crisis – and it should be stopped.”
What do you think about a frequent flyer tax?
Setting aside the practicality of how a frequent flyer tax might actually work in practice, what do you think about one in principle?
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