The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that air taxes will be switched from individual passengers to airline flights.

Announcing his pre-Budget report, Alistair Darling said the new system, which will come into effect in November 2009, will encourage more efficient use of planes and help combat climate change.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, said that a tax that penalises airlines for operating half-empty planes "makes a lot of sense", but added that the government's support for airport expansion "seriously undermines" its credibility on environmental issues.

Airline easyJet welcomed the announcement, saying that a system that charges passengers equally, regardless of the distance they are flying, is "just plain wrong".

Andy Harrison, chief executive of the airline, added: "A structure that taxes a passenger in the newest, cleanest aircraft the same as someone in an old gas-guzzler cannot be allowed to continue.

"It is right to tax emissions, not passengers. That means reflecting a combination of aircraft type and distance flown."

Airport Parking - Pre-book your Airport Parking with Holiday Extras and save up to 60 per cent. We offer over 60 car parks at 27 UK Airports.


  • Related Articles

    Holidaymakers could save by searching of foreign currency deals' - 24/08/2020
    People planning on jetting off on holiday this summer could be wasting money by not searching for the most competitive deals on their foreign currency, a consumer website has warned.

    Holidays are 'worth the debt' - 24/08/2020
    Some people from the UK use their credit cards to pay for holidays, putting them in a position where their break puts them into debt, a new survey has revealed.

    Airline gets more planes - 24/08/2020
    Silverjet - an airline which offers business-class only flights between London and New York - has revealed that it plans to acquire two new planes.


Tony Hill Helen Gillilan

Published By:
The News Team
(Tony Hill and Helen Gillilan)


Search Our Site
Holiday Extras Header
Help &
Support
Taxes To Switch From Passengers To Planes