I flew over England yesterday. I have never seen it look greener. The rivers and reservoirs are bursting full and leaves hang in heavy abundance from the trees. As the plane climbed into the rain clouds above them was bright sunshine, a terse reminder of how the weather is simply a layer of temporary happening above a much larger area of permanence. (more…)
China has announced that its airlines will not be allowed to pay the EU tax on airline carbon emissions that applies to aircraft flying to or from the European Union without the specific approval of relevant government departments. The airlines of China will not be allowed to participate in the Emissions Savings Scheme without similar clearance. (more…)
Boris Johnson has mooted a project to build, at vast expense, another hub airport on the Isle of Grain in Kent, which would serve London and the South east. It is a foolish plan and floated without proper thought and will almost certainly sink, like a stone in the sea. (more…)
When you flick through a flight magazine from any airline after you have squashed yourself into a seat you will see that airlines, almost with exception, represent themselves as great environmentalists. They are acutely aware of that the high level emissions they create are very damaging to the environment and want to improve their image and provide their passengers (who are the real culprits in the creation of airline emissions) with some comfort that they might be creating less environmental damage than is claimed. (more…)
The bigger the business the more taxpayers’ money they think that they are entitled to claim. We have already seen the energy companies get huge amounts of free taxpayers’ money in the form of Emission Trading Credits. Of course the banks received huge amounts of free money because they had lost out in the world wide casino than investment banks play with taxpayers’ money and now the airlines are trying to stick their noses into the taxpayers’ trough. (more…)
One of the stories that crept under my personal radar a couple of week ago related to aircraft engines. Aircrafts account of 2% of the greenhouse gas emissions. The impact of this figure is thought to be higher because the emissions are expelled at height, where they can do the most absorption of light energy. Further aircraft expel vapour trials which are thought to have an effect on the amount of light reaching the surface of the planet by dimming it. So it is possible, but not completely proved, that flying gives us the worst of all possible worlds – heating the air and dimming the surface. (more…)
London Airport at Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. It has runways and five terminals. The latest, Terminal Five, is a new glass and steel structure fashionably designed apparently but to me , it has all of the charm of a modern industrial building. It is a testament to the environmental claims of the operators of Heathrow, British Airport Authority, that the massive sloping roof of the Terminal Five building is unscarred by solar panels or photovoltaics. (more…)
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Why do we need price comparison websites?
A free market should be an honest market. A free market which is dishonest is not ultimately free. The purpose of having a free market is to establish as far as possible prices that are fair, fair to the buyer and fair to the seller. (more…)
Airlines are finding the cost of fuel affecting their business so they are adopting measures to reduce fuel consumption costs. What we have to bear in mind when we consider airline fuel consumption is that airlines are the tax breaks that airlines get on their fuel costs. When we drive we pay for our fuel and the amount that we pay is mostly tax. If your petrol costs you £1.17 pence a litre then 17p is value added tax and 50p is the excise duty paid on petrol..
Airlines (and the shipping industry) are the only major fuel users that do not pay any tax on their fuel and accordingly do not pay at all for their pollution. Of course, if they did pay then the costs would be passed on to the passengers, so it is more accurate to say that air passengers are one of the few groups of people who do not pay for their pollution caused by burning fossil fuel. (more…)
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I am now back in London after a hectic week travelling. I was on an Easyjet airline and enduring one of those dreadful, crowded flights where you get bashed by cabin staff wheeling trolleys to sell unappetising looking sandwiches, and have your sleep interrupted by inane cabin announcements which are no more than adverts, I turned to the uninspiring pages of their flight magazine.