Kristian Niemietz
15 December 2014

When Air Passenger Duty was originally introduced in 1994, it was not supposed to be an environmental tax. The relevant government documents contain no reference to the environmental impact of...
Ryan Bourne
12 August 2014

It’s that time of year when the City’s offices seem empty. For many families with children, these weeks represent the last opportunity of the year to get away for a well-earned break. Yet...
Kristian Niemietz
14 April 2014

If you’ve ever wondered why the airport capacity debate has become so problematic, two contributions last week, each exemplifying one of the camps by which it is dominated, show why. First,...
Kristian Niemietz
23 March 2014

The Budget announced an abolition of the higher rates of Air Passenger Duty (APD). Fair enough, given that average rates of APD – a duty which is generally justified in environmental terms...
Kristian Niemietz
9 September 2013

Climate change is a poor excuse for blocking airport expansion There are two standard arguments against airport expansion, whether at Heathrow or elsewhere: 1.    It would lead to...
David Starkie
2 August 2011

UK aviation has been a major growth industry in recent years, with high gross value added - just the sort of industry you might imagine the government would wish to encourage. Yet recent changes to...