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Is there a plan to become carbon neutral by 2050?

January 16, 2020 2:31 PM

The question has to be asked following the Government decision to bail out Flybe who have run into financial problems despite being backed by Virgin Atlantic and Venture Capitalists who recently took over the Company.

Details of the deal are still a bit sketchy but it appears the Government has agreed to review the Air Passenger Duty and possibly defer payments. To prevent challenges that this is a state subsidy of a private company it appears that all domestic airlines will get the same benefits

The Chairman of the Board that advised the Government to adopt the carbon neutral target said on BBC Newsnight that the proposed rescue did not seem to be compatible with achieving that target. So far the Government have made no comment on compensating actions elsewhere so you are left wondering if they really are committed to aggressively addressing climate change as their notional targets suggest

BA competes with Flybe on some routes and would expect to also benefit from the rescue actions yet their CEO has said: "Prior to the acquisition of Flybe by the consortium which includes Virgin/Delta, Flybe argued for tax payers to fund its operations by subsidising regional routes. "Virgin/Delta now want the taxpayer to pick up the tab for their mismanagement of the airline."

Responding to news that the Government intends to bail out Flybe, Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson, Munira Wilson MP, said:

Flybe provides a vital service in connecting many regions of the UK which are otherwise hard to travel between, not least as a result of poor rail infrastructure. Keeping these routes open has to be a top priority.
However, Boris Johnson's decision to bail out Flybe is a misuse of taxpayers' money to say the least. If Flybe is a failing business, then it is not the right business to run these routes.
The fact that the Tories are considering cutting air passenger duty is even worse. Our planet is under threat, yet this Conservative Government is offering to cut taxes for high-polluting aviation instead of investing in rail. This is the only way to reduce reliance on domestic flights in the long term.