Airline passengers are facing significant price hikes due to new frequent flyer penalties

AIR passengers could face a big price hike due to a new frequent flyer penalty.

Scottish Greens transport spokesman Mark Ruskell says travelers who frequently fly between Scotland and London should be taxed to tackle aviation emissions.

The Scottish Greens want a tax on frequent flyers


The Scottish Greens want a tax on frequent flyersPhoto credit: Getty

The plans could include destinations accessible by rail but would exclude flights to the Scottish islands.

Speak with The ScotMr Ruskell said: “The key action the Scottish Government needs to take now is to look at the powers it has and how a frequent flyer tax could be introduced.

“It could ensure there is a more competitive playing field relative to rail in terms of pricing and also create a revenue stream that could be leveraged to invest in rail.

“The real focus would be on flights to London or other flights within the UK where there is a rail alternative.

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“Many people fly to go on holiday and see family and friends and people on the islands are likely to fly more regularly – that would not be the aim of any fiscal measure to reduce air traffic.

“The design of any program must recognize that life-saving shore flights are important to the economic and social health of island communities.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We continue to work with the UK Government to find an aviation solution that meets our climate ambitions.”

We reported how Loganair has announced a new service from Orkney Kirkwall Airport direct to London City Airport.

The flight will operate twice a week on a Tuesday and a Friday from April 4th.

The plane is expected to make a stopover in Dundee, but passengers are not required to disembark before continuing south.

It is hoped the three-and-a-half hour service will offer “enhanced connectivity” as part of the airline’s expansion programme.

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Andrew Schnitker

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