Originally posted on Steady State Manchester:
There have been straws in the wind and now there is a concerted campaign to abolish Air Passenger Duty (APD) – see http://www.afairtaxonflying.org/ (sorry you’ll have to copy and paste – we don’t want to help them too much!)The campaign is backed by Manchester Airport Group (with majority stakes from the councils in Greater Manchester), and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, although so far there has been little support from other North West businesses. We are launching a counter-campaign – see below and please lend your support.
Let’s just go over the facts again:
As we noted in our In Place of Growth report: “[Total carbon footprint due to] ‘personal flights’ accounts for 11.19% of Greater Manchester’s emissions (and 15.18% of Manchester’s), the aviation sector only accounts for 1.3% of the economy (measured by GVA, a local variant of GDP) and this is growing rapidly (3% in 2011)”. Heavily disproportionate then: a big ecological cost with relatively little benefit. Indeed, Manchester City Council’s budget papers reveal that the city only gets £4.5M per year income from the airport. That’s lot of money to you and me, but it’s less than one per cent of the city’s budgetary requirement.