Skip to content

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor plans to slap new ‘green’ taxes on plane tickets

January 6, 2019

By Paul Homewood

h/t Patsy Lacey



Labour’s John McDonnell is plotting a tax hike on plane tickets and getting rid of duty free at airports, the Treasury warned last night.

The Shadow Chancellor wants to put up levies on flying and increase rates paid on alcohol in the departure lounge, according to comments made by his team.

The changes could double the cost of a plane ticket – making a summer holiday somewhere sunny abroad out of reach for many hard-working families.

Shadow Treasury Minister Clive Lewis has vowed to crackdown on the ability of Briton fly by plane abroad if Labour are elected.

He said: ‘Growth in demand for UK air travel must be limited.’

He argued that they must ‘control and push down demand for flights’.

He called and a useful ‘lever’ to do this.

The current rate of APD sees the average family already paying £81 per year in ‘holiday tax’.

A new frequent-flyer tax and ending the duty-free status of flights and airport shopping are other options being discussed.

A £238 flight would rocket to £505 if all the measures are introduced, pricing many families out of a holiday completely, according to The Sun.


Needless to say, the Labour Party assures us that this is not party policy, but we have heard that one before!


To argue that Air Passenger Duty a ‘fiscally progressive tax’ shows just how out of touch Labour are with their own roots. They seem to have the quaint idea that only rich people can afford to fly. It is working class families who will be hit hardest by APD, as they have kids to pay for as well.

No doubt McDonnell sees this as a nice little earner, but it is Clive Lewis who appears to give the game away. UK air travel must be cut, according to him, and to do so it must be priced out ordinary people’s budgets.


Meanwhile, Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport is due to open this autumn.

With eight runways serving 100 million passengers annually, Daxing International will becoming the world’s largest airport.

Beijing new Daxing airport terminal building rendering


And China also aims to open 200 more airports by 2035:



The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) published a development report on Monday that aims to add 216 new airports by 2035 and develop a number of regional transport hubs.

According to the CAAC, China had 234 civil airports as of October this year and is expected to have around 450 by 2035, China Daily reports. Further, the demand for passenger transport in China will account for a quarter of the world’s total and exceed that of the US by 2035, making China the largest air passenger market in the world.

It also says that world-class airports will be built in the Yangtze River Delta region, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and the Chongqing and Chengdu city cluster.

"Service has improved substantially, but existing airports are far from adequate and are unevenly distributed throughout the country," said Dong Faxin, director of the administration’s development and planning department.

China’s airports are expected to handle 720 million trips by 2020 – up from 552 million last year – according to the the administration.



Does Clive Lewis really think stopping working class families from flying to Majorca will make any difference to the world’s climate?

  1. spetzer86 permalink
    January 6, 2019 6:38 pm

    It’s almost like the Elite want to make sure the lower classes stay at home and out of sight. What is dangerous about people travelling that they want to stop? Maybe we’re just easier to control when we’re not out and about?

  2. Philip of Taos permalink
    January 6, 2019 6:47 pm

    Fraudulent Globull Warming is a great excuse to tax everything into oblivion when you have mismanaged everything else.

  3. January 6, 2019 6:48 pm

    It may even be worse, if Labour comes to power only as a result of a “progressive alliance”, with Lib Dems and Green(s) handed control of this area to keep them onside.

    Way more scary than any “climate breakdown”.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      January 7, 2019 11:08 am

      Reminds me of Camoron, putting limp-dims in charge of the Climate Change committee, all with a vested interest in ruining the Country

  4. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 6, 2019 7:18 pm

    Mostly, the folks mentioned do not pay for their own flights.
    Their passage is payed for by the taxes on others, as is the tax on their tickets.
    When the airports are less crowded their travel will be more comfortable.
    The climate (aka global warming) won’t know or care.

  5. David Burrows permalink
    January 6, 2019 7:30 pm

    You might think that’s likely to be a deeply unpopular policy guaranteed to obliterate Labour for a generation. However all parties (bar UKIP) support the aims and objectives of the Climate Change Act which surely requires a cut back in aviation. Its possible that the next election could be a bidding war as to who will cut the most CO2.

  6. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 6, 2019 8:42 pm

    If Labour disincentivise passengers from flying the carriers will see a drop in profitability and the GDP of the country will suffer. Great economists!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      January 6, 2019 8:44 pm

      PS: I’m only surprised they didn’t claim it was because of AGW and that they were saving the planet (one country at a time).

    • January 7, 2019 8:35 am

      No, not at all. The money will just be spent elsewhere. Indeed, if people do not go on holiday abroad, UK GDP will increase.

      But GDP does not capture utility.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 7, 2019 1:42 pm

        It can be taken in tax to pay benefits for the unemployed airline and airport workers, travel agencies etc.

  7. The Man at the Back permalink
    January 6, 2019 8:59 pm

    The main question to ask is – are most politicians of every stripe actively working for the destruction of our economy and culture – or is it just a by-product of stupidity??

    Do the Corbyn brothers ever talk? There public positions on CO2 are diametrically opposed.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      January 7, 2019 11:13 am

      It would appear they do exemp as they are from its rules, so we pay them to travel. Typical labour party policy, so where are the Conservatives in all this……..dead?

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 7, 2019 1:43 pm

        Conservatives? Oh, do you mean Blue Labour?

  8. January 6, 2019 9:55 pm

    Not surprised, here’s the man himself doing a bit of rabble-rousing at the “climate emergency” rally at Hyde Park in 2009, calling for a “40% cut in emissions by 2020”, “redistribution of wealth” and a campaign of direct action against Heathrow expansion, “to ensure that we end carbon emissions in this country and to ensure that we protect our planet”:

  9. markl permalink
    January 6, 2019 9:57 pm

    I am always amazed at how willingly people in Europe accept taxes. Yes they gripe and bitch but for the most part do nothing about it. To see France as the leader in a tax revolt is surprising. The taxes in some countries are absurd yet the populace don’t seem to care. Maybe it’s just an American thing but giving your money away supposedly to be spent for your good is a scam. It’s the part of Socialism that the US is deeply against. The government should be keeping you safe, upholding laws that are made by the people, and providing common infrastructure (over simplified).

  10. January 6, 2019 9:58 pm

    In Sweden, this tax was introduced last year.

    Again …

  11. January 6, 2019 10:04 pm

    Bonus transcript – insane Caroline Lucas equating air travel to knifing people in the street:

  12. Bitter@twisted permalink
    January 7, 2019 8:10 am

    Another reason not to vote Liebore🤮

  13. January 7, 2019 8:37 am

    And to be clear, lower sales at the shops at Heathrowwill also directly increase air fares, as Heathrow us a single till airport. The passenger charges are after retail sales, so lower retail means higher charges.

  14. January 7, 2019 8:44 am

    He would have plenty of people to tax…

    If all goes to plan, [Heathrow] airport is likely to get closer to 740,000 flights per year and about 135 million travelers.

    That’s over 50% more than the currently allowed limit.

  15. Jules permalink
    January 7, 2019 9:53 am

    If I remember correctly the APD tax was introduced just after the Stern Report where Balir told us that the science was settled with respect to climate change.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 7, 2019 11:54 am

      It has served to keep aircraft movements below their 2007 peak, although passenger numbers are finally a little higher thanks to A380s.

  16. Dave Ward permalink
    January 7, 2019 11:17 am

    “Does Clive Lewis really think stopping working class families from flying to Majorca will make any difference to the world’s climate?”

    I doubt that he cares whether it does or not, so long as he can employ biased reporting to get his point across:

  17. It doesn't add up... permalink
    January 7, 2019 11:59 am

    Beneficiaries will be AMS and CDG, Eurotunnel and the ferries. It already works that way to a certain extent on long haul, where APD is more swingeing. The Dutch cancelled their equivalent tax, to the benefit of traffic through Schiphol.

  18. Jules permalink
    January 7, 2019 12:55 pm

    Is that Clive ‘Get on your knees bitch’ Lewis. I have been having a bit of a break from all things political. Imagine my surprise to see Amber Rudd back in the cabinet, barrel and scraping spring to mind.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      January 7, 2019 5:50 pm

      Yep, that’s him…

  19. Gerry, England permalink
    January 7, 2019 1:45 pm

    No wonder the marxists support global warming as it gives them a chance to steal your money in taxes and pretend to be virtuous.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      January 7, 2019 8:47 pm

      Yeah Ed Milibands 2008 Climate Change Act was in reality just the reinstatement of a purchase tax which VAT replaced.
      So now a tax on a tax.
      Got my yellow jacket ready !

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 8, 2019 1:48 pm

        And the Tory scum voted for it as well! Then they lie by calling it ‘Labour’s Climate Change Act’.

  20. Jon Scott permalink
    January 7, 2019 7:35 pm

    Any excuse for the marxists in labour uniforms to take money. It is nothing to do with climate, just vote hunting and envy. If this lot get into power it will be Venezuela MKII (without all the mistakes) in their rush to drag the country to the bottom.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: