gas tax needs to be imposed on home flights to fund a freeze in practice fares, a strain group has stated.
Marketing campaign for Higher Transport stated taxing jet gas on the identical price as petrol and diesel for motorists would assist lower carbon emissions from aviation and lift £1.53 billion per 12 months.
That cash can be sufficient to scrap the subsequent annual enhance in the price of rail journey, the group stated.
It’s absurd that the Authorities chooses to position no tax on aviation gas, but closely taxes petrol and diesel for drivers
Marketing campaign for Higher Transport listed greater than 40 international locations that tax kerosene on home flights, akin to Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the US.
The group’s chief government Paul Tuohy stated: “It’s absurd that the Authorities chooses to position no tax on aviation gas, but closely taxes petrol and diesel for drivers.
“Taxing kerosene would assist scale back home flights and save carbon, and the cash raised may pay for a rail fare freeze subsequent 12 months to make the trains cheaper and encourage extra folks to make use of them.”
Will increase in regulated practice fares akin to season tickets are historically carried out on the primary working day of the 12 months, based mostly on the earlier July’s retail worth index (RPI) measure of inflation, which will probably be introduced on Wednesday.
However the Division for Transport confirmed on Monday that subsequent 12 months’s rise in fares in England will probably be delayed till March and will probably be decrease than the RPI determine, which for June was 11.8%.
Wales normally makes related fares modifications to England whereas the Scottish Authorities has not introduced its plan for 2023.
Fares in Northern Eire are set by operator Translink, which doesn’t use RPI.
Highway gas is taxed at a price of practically 53p per litre, after a 5p per litre lower was carried out in March.
Airways pay no tax on gas within the UK, however should pay air passenger obligation (APD).
APD is a per passenger cost based mostly on the category of the cabin they journey in and the space of the flight.
For home flights in normal class, the payment is £13 every approach.
A spokesman for commerce physique Airways UK, which represents carriers, stated: “Home air journey accounts for less than 4% of UK emissions from aviation, however is crucial for connecting communities and areas throughout the UK, particularly for journeys throughout water and the place rail connections are both non-existent or have prohibitively lengthy journey instances.
“The Authorities has set a goal of 2040 for home aviation to be internet zero and has challenged the sector to have zero emission routes connecting completely different elements of the UK by 2030.
“Expertise enhancements reasonably than constraining demand is rightly seen as one of the simplest ways to scale back aviation emissions.”