The Anonymous Widower

Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak Defends Lowering Domestic Air Duty

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The chancellor has said his Budget – including tax cuts to air tax – will help the government meet its net zero carbon targets.

Rishi Sunak used his Budget to slash taxes on domestic flights, which is forecast to lead to 400,000 extra air journeys a year.

I think he could have gone further.

It is my belief that the first area of aviation to decarbonise will be the short-haul sector.

We are seeing electric aircraft being developed like the Cessna Electric Caravan, Eviation Alice and Project Fresson.

Perhaps, domestic flights in true zero-carbon aircraft like these should be free of Air Passenger Duty?

It might even speed their introduction.

October 29, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment