The Department of Energy and Climate Change spent £300,000 on internal flights in the UK last year. At the same time this government, on the advice of the Climate Committee, increased Advanced Passenger Duty and intends to raise taxes on air travel considerably by 2020. Now, taking a pragmatic view, air travel for single travellers in the UK is very often a great deal cheaper than either car or train and the time saved can be put to good use. Inverness to Luton with British rail £157.50. by car £223(544miles @41p per mile), £53 by Coach and £26.99 by Easyjet. Obviously car travel becomes cheaper the more people in the car and you have no taxi, bus, train or hire car costs at the other end. But then this is the whole point. People should be free to make their own choices based on practical considerations. It is possible to fly down to London, attend a meeting and fly back the same evening. Something not possible by the alternatives. This is a freedom that the DECC wants to wipe away in pursuit of a false doctrine. The full story is here
And for those that worry about my carbon footprint, the plane is going anyway so any addition to my personal carbon footprint is zero!