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Further airport expansion at London’s airports not the answer, say campaigners

30 June 2015

Tomorrow, Wednesday 1 July, the Airports Commission will announce its recommendation to the Government for a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick with the aim of increasing London’s air capacity but new research shows that extra capacity is unnecessary.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Building a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick is totally unnecessary and the demand for both leisure and business flights can be reduced by replacing air passenger duty with a much fairer frequent flyer levy, which is supported by a wide range of groups. Under this proposal, everyone will get one tax-free flight a year so families can still enjoy their yearly holiday abroad but those who fly several times a year will be taxed on an increasing level. 

"Seventy per cent of flights taken in the UK are made by only fifteen per cent of the population and the introduction of this levy will ensure that the majority of passengers will not be penalised any longer. This system of taxation is fair, green and most importantly means no more airport expansion is needed.”

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For further information please contact the Press Office at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6483 or 07984 773 468, or email james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes for editors

1. The Frequent Flyer Levy proposal is supported by the New Economics Foundation, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Taxation Justice Network , the TSSA and PCS unions and others. Read more about the proposal here.

2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).