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The more you fly the more money you should pay for your ticket

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International aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of climate emissions and its impact is projected to rise as much as 360 per cent by 2050.

When measured against whole countries, it is already the sixth biggest carbon polluter in the world, and that’s before you factor in non-CO2 emissions, which are an estimated 1.9 times more damaging to our climate than CO2 alone.

And it’s not just the flights: airports themselves, and the journeys to them, are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, noise pollution, water demand and waste.

This growth is fuelled in large part by a tax and subsidy regime that massively favours the sector – so for example, airlines have tax exemptions on fuel and VAT in the UK is zero rated. It’s also driven by an economic model that incentivises more runways, planes and tarmac, regardless of the external costs for those living under flight paths and constant audio attack, or for the NHS treating the effects of breathing in toxic fumes.

The newly published Government Aviation Strategy does nothing to tackle these problems. Despite the odd vague references to cleaner planes and biofuels, overall it’s a one way ticket to climate chaos.

The industry itself........

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