‘Ban air miles, stop frequent flyers’

A report released by Imperial College London, commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change in the UK, says air miles should be banned because they encourage excessive flying.

Titled ‘Behaviour Change, Public Engagement and Net Zero’, the report says frequent flyers should have to pay an ‘escalating air miles levy’ to discourage them from flying too much, rather than being encouraged by reward schemes.

The report adds that many frequent flyers take additional flights to maintain their ‘privileged traveller status’ and suggests that airlines should advertise flight emissions in a simple way that is easily understood by passengers.

The report also recommends decreasing prices on rail services to reduce demand for cars and flights. It also suggests reopening disused rail lines.