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UK Government's tax breaks for domestic flights is one more example of its disregard for its climate commitments

On April 1, and it's sadly not a joke, the UK government's decision to halve air passenger duty (APD) came into place and this measure has sparked a surge in demand for new air routes. Thanks to this generous cut this year will see 150 new and restored air routes both from and within the UK, including a range of domestic routes from Ryanair. The company is expanding its network linking England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland because of the impending cut in APD. Great for Ryanair right? But what about the planet? 🤡
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The decision to introduce a tax break on domestic flights in the UK is a clear sign that the UK government is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to supporting low-carbon emission transport options. Domestic flights are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, and incentivising people to choose them over lower-carbon alternatives such as trains or buses is counterproductive to efforts to reduce emissions and fight climate change.
By introducing a tax break on domestic flights, the government is effectively making it cheaper for people to choose a high-emission mode of transport, while at the same time failing to invest in and promote more sustainable alternatives. Once more, this sends the wrong message to both the public and private sectors about Rishi Sunak's government's commitment to reducing emissions and tackling climate change. It also undermines the progress that has been made in recent years towards developing low-carbon transport options, such as electric cars, trains and buses, and risks further entrenching the use of high-emission modes of transport like domestic flights.




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  • walter lungayi

    63 w

    so sad to see this happen

    • Peter Kamau

      63 w

      There's too much to lament in relevance to climate action from UK than there is to give praise.It's pretty obvious that Rishi isn't doing enough to spearhead UK to achieving it's climate action pledges

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      • Daniel Waweru

        63 w

        Its so unfortunate that UK government would lift domestic flights tax charges.

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        • Daniel Waweru

          63 w

          Its so unfortunate that UK government would lift domestic flights tax charges.

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          • Joseph Githinji

            63 w

            This is unacceptable, this move will expose UK and the world to adverse climate change effects.

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            • Timothy Ndegwa

              63 w

              This is insane! The government should instead put high tax charges to discourage this instead its giving breaks.

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              • Ajema Lydiah

                63 w

                so sad

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                • Munene Mugambi

                  63 w

                  This is a very reckless move by the UK government

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