Low-fares airline easyJet has proposed that the current air passenger duty (APD) form of taxation be scrapped and operators be taxed on the basis of the types of aircraft they use and the distance they travel.

The carrier claimed that this would include all UK aviation in the taxation system and incentivise airlines to use the most eco-friendly planes.

EasyJet's proposals are part of a campaign, launched today, to encourage politicians to adopt a "more intelligent approach" to air travel and inform consumers of some "surprising truths" about flying.

The airline claims that CO2 from aviation accounts for only 1.6 per cent of global greenhouse gases and improvements in technology could make flying 50 per cent cleaner in ten years.

Andy Harrison, easyJet chief executive, said: "It is important that mechanisms are put in place to ensure the aviation industry develops in a way that is environmentally and economically sustainable and to ensure that measures for aviation are proportionate with its impact on climate change.

"However much of the recent political debate has been characterised by gesture politics and discriminatory, often contradictory proposals and it is time for consumers to tell the politicians they won't be 'green-rollered' into accepting higher air taxes for spurious green rationale."

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