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Aviation duty consultation: AEF response

7th May, 2008

The Government plans to reform air passenger duty with a duty payable per plane. The consultation closed on 24th April.

AEF has long argued that the aviation sector receives substantial effective subsidies, and our submission supports the Treasury’s proposal to ensure that aviation both begins to pay its environmental costs and makes a contribution to general government spending. We argue, therefore, that the proposed new duty should not be regarded solely as an environmental tax.

We also make a number of recommendations about how the duty might be designed to better reflect the environmental performance of different aircraft, and to incentivise the shift towards quieter, cleaner planes.

Our submission can be downloaded here.

A number of other NGOs submitted responses, some of which touch on wider issues. We include links to several consultation responses below.

World Development Movement response

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland response

West London Friends of the Earth response

Campaign for Better Transport response

Environmental Protection UK response

Strategic Aviation Special Interest Group response