Flight tax justice

Research using the airline industry’s own data shows, cutting aviation tax is a tax cut for the wealthy. 

The Scottish Parliament now has the power to set aviation tax. The SNP government propose to cut it. Their plans will leave Scotland with £700 million less for public services and irrevocably damage the environment.

We believe cutting Air Departure Tax is wrong. Research using the industry’s own data shows, it is a tax cut for the wealthy. It will not help families go on holiday. And it will leave the environmentally-damaging aviation industry effectively untaxed.

Read our FAQs to learn more and take action by responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation today.

Latest Campaign Updates

We challenge other parties to be bold on environment & say Climate Bill should include target of zero emissions by 2040

16 August, 2017 - 10:03

Scottish Green MSPs today (17 August) challenged Holyrood's four other parties to be bold on the environment by proposing that the forthcoming Climate Bill includes a target of zero emissions by 2040.

Current targets under the 2009 Climate Act are for greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by 80 per cent by 2050. The Scottish Government proposes increasing this to 90 per cent but does not propose bringing forward the target date, despite the urgency of the situation.

Petrol car ban must lead to Scottish Government action say Greens

26 July, 2017 - 12:04

The Scottish Greens are calling on the Scottish Government to spell out what it will do to tackle pollution over the next two decades after the UK government announced a ban on the sale of diesel and petrol cars from 2040.

While the Greens have welcomed the move, the party’s transport spokesperson John Finnie says the Scottish Government should not go at Westminster’s pace on tackling pollution and improving health and instead show “real vision” for a “carbon free future”.

Finnie, a Highlands and Islands MSP, said:

Ruskell welcomes Holyrood inquiry into air pollution

4 July, 2017 - 11:00

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (4 July) welcomed news that Holyrood's Environment Committee is to conduct a major inquiry into air pollution, an issue he believes is a "public health crisis".

Mark led a Holyrood debate on the issue last month, highlighting the fact that the problem has worsened with the number of air quality management areas across Scotland rising to 38.

His member's bill which aims reduce the urban speed limit and cut air pollution is currently open to consultation.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Ruskell says Climate Change Bill is chance to set target for leaving oil & gas in the ground

30 June, 2017 - 13:23

Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate Change spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, responded to today's (30 June) launch of a government consultation on a new Climate Change Bill by calling for cross-party agreement to set a target for leaving oil and gas in the ground.

In the consultation, Scottish Ministers propose increasing Scotland's 2050 target of reducing climate change emissions by 90 per cent compared to 1990 levels, stretching the current target of 80 per cent.

Harvie hits out as Scot Gov assessment shows doubling of climate impact from Air Tax cut

30 June, 2017 - 09:23

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 June) hit out at the Scottish Government after its transport officials quietly published a revised assessment showing a doubling of the climate change emissions from the SNP's plan to cut Air Departure Tax.

Green attempts to amend the Air Departure Tax Bill were recently voted down by SNP and Tory MSPs.

Research for the Greens has shown that the SNP's plans will benefit wealthy frequent fliers and businesses rather than families, and will harm public finances and increase climate emissions.