In his televised statement, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has confirmed that there will be no new taxes on flying in the UK.
This confirmation was part of a statement given on the alteration of the government’s target to be net-zero by 2050.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Rishi Sunak: No New Taxes on Flying in the UK…
The list of announcements made at his 4:30pm briefing at No 10 Downing Street will no doubt be a welcome message to airlines in the UK.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak believes that elements such as no new taxes on flying in the UK will help the general public pay less to go on holiday.
The same applies to the other aspects he announced delays and policies scrapped, in what he believes will help those be able to spend less in an era where environmental sustainability is a big factor on a post-pandemic.
“We need sensible green leadership, and we are going to do this in a fair and representative way, with the consent of the British public”, he said in the briefing.
Such words around this can be aligned to what the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in one of their fact sheets from June 2023:
“Experience shows that the effectiveness of levies as incentives for cleaner/quieter aircraft is doubtful. No
government that introduced a ticket tax has demonstrated that such a tax reduced CO2 emissions.”
“Furthermore, the removal of less efficient and noisier aircraft from operations has been as fast at airports with environmental levies as at airports with no such levies.”
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if any other countries across Europe will follow suit to what Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced today at Downing Street.
We have seen countries such as France, who are looking for a heavier reliance on rail than on domestic flights.
But for now, let’s see how progress will look like from the UK government perspective on the side of aviation and environmental sustainability will perform.
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