Cheap Flights Do more Harm Than Good
In this day and age, people fly abroad at any given opportunity, but at the same time there are growing concerns about the effect this has on the environment. Should the prices of flights be taxed more heavily so prices rise and people fly less?
Please cast your vote after you've read the arguments.
You can also add to the debate by leaving a comment at the end of the page.
This level of noise is found near airports and along flight paths. If we were to increase the price of flying, put up the taxes, less people would fly. If people flew less, there would be less noise, and less people suffering from the above inflictions and so less of a burden on our NHS sorting such problems out.
Cheap flights are for the privileged
This shows us that if we hired the cost of flying, it would not affect the low paid, they rarely fly. It would just mean that the middle class earners would have to pay more and hopefully in turn they will fly less.
Flagrant disregard of social justice is neither democratic nor fair.
Aviation takes money away from public services
There was controversy when APD was doubled suddenly from £5 to £10 in February 2007. It is a well known fact that airplane users are already taxed, how the government manage this money is a concern entirely up to them. If the money is not being put towards carbon dioxide emissions or the necessary services then it is a mismanagement of money on the government’s behalf. The management of funds needs to be sorted out before more tax is piled on. More money will not solve the problems of mismanagement.
Other transportation should be used instead.
So get money for trains via long haul flight taxation. There is no benefit in taxing people to cater for more trains when trains are not a viable option for the journey.
They take money away from the local economy.
Ok lets democritise flying abroad by having flights numbers capped and allocated by lottery or first come first served, but just allowing air travel to burgeon unchecked isn't a good or sustainable strategy for our country right, or our planet right now. A global green tax on air fuel would be a good start.
CO2 poisening to the earth, making twice as more CO2.
Unemployment levels would rise even further
It would not only be pilots and air hostesses. There would the cleaners of the plane and airports, the engineers, the admin staff in offices and then the financial jobs in big firms. In the current financial climate, Britain could not afford to lose this many jobs that range from low skilled to high skilled.
(1) as of 15th October 2008
--I fear the counter point here is dreadfully poor.
Increased costs equals less people flying, equals less demand for plane companies, equals fewer flights per day, equals less employment vacancies in the aviation industry. This is all too obvious! It is not just cleaners, as has already been made quite apparent.
This debate is not about migrant workers, nor spening money. And the average cost of a long haul plane journey is far more than £20. These figures have merely been pulled out of the air and have no informative content.
Would unemployment rise if cheap flights were discouraged by policymakers? I thought people flying from this country usually took some spending money with them? Migrant workers using cheap flights to enter the country send a good proportion of their wages home often, decreasing the capital base for business investment in this country as well as directly competing with indigenous population for jobs.
Local tourism would prosper if less cheap flights were available. Alternative means of transport and their auxilliary workforces would gain business.
When you pay £20 for a flight how can £20 be contributing more to the economy in terms of jobs, than £80 spent on a ticket? We don't pay cleaners in airports 20p and hour yet do we?
Travel to other countries cultures us.
By artificially raising the prices of flights you are preventing the lower classes from experiencing different cultures and in effect increasing the chances of them being racist.
connoisseur in today's world.
Accompanying the (also largely American)media is globalization: hegemonic American imperialistic colonization/ MacDonaldization, mass immigration of people from the east into the west(centuries) preceded by a series of wars/invasions also serving the same purpose of shrinking boundaries all over the world without travel.
Cheap airlines invest money into the environment
When the average age of aircraft across more expensive airlines, such as British Airways, is 11years, it is easy to see that the relation between cheap flights and environmental damage is not necessarily as strong as organizations such as Plane Stupid make out.
The fact that Ryanair has a young aircraft fleet right now is a product of their rapid growth in recent years. It does not prove that they have any principled committment to operating efficient aircraft in the long run.
The other point is that for Ryanair to claim to be saving the environment is a bit like somebody claiming to have saved lots of money by going to the sales. The best way to reduce aircraft emissions is to fly less.
No airline will want to help the environment the real aim is to reduce operating costs .If an alternative to petroleum is found and is more damaging to the environment but is significantly cheaper airlines will not even think of the environment.
At certain distances, planes are faster.
I mean, let us consider traveling from London to Madrid in Europe. Even after the Spanish AVE high-speed rail system is integrated so it can interchange with the French TGV system, it will take may 8-9 hours to travel from London to Madrid by train travel (London to Paris by Eurostar, Paris to southern France by TGV, southern France to Madrid by AVE). Meanwhile, from any London airport you'll be in Madrid in less time than it takes for a Eurostar train ride from London to Paris alone!
Save time, money. New Opportunities.
Cheap-flights make the aviation industry more competitive, therefore more affordable to a wider range of customers. Wouldn't you like to save some money to take your children out for a dinner together instead of paying high priced flight? Wouldn't you like to see you family go abroad to learn about other cultures? Wouldn't you like to go abroad for new opportunities or even pleasure?
Nobody is suggesting getting rid of all flights. The imperative is just to think a bit more about alternatives, and to try to avoid the frivolous use of flying.
Cut price airlines are not usually competing for long-haul business anyway.
What do you think?