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The environmental lobby has responded furiously to reports that the government can reduce the rate of air passengers (APD) on domestic flights to rescue the troubled regional airline, Flybe.

Anna Hughes, director of Flight Free UK, said: “It seems very short-sighted that the government is considering making it even easier for people to choose to fly at a time when we need to drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

“Flying is already artificially cheap due to the lack of taxes on kerosene. Cutting APD would also be a disaster for the environment.

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“In a time of climate crisis, we need better travel alternatives, including cheaper and more efficient rail links between the cities that Flybe serves, not measures that increase the number of domestic flights.

“The irony is that this news is reported along with stories about Australian wildfires, which British scientists have warned will become the new” normal “and, in fact, will get worse unless we achieve zero net emissions.

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A fireman washing trees and embers flying in an effort to protect nearby homes from forest fires near the city of Nowra in the state of New South Wales

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Smoke rises from a large forest fire that has burned more than 200,000 acres of land in East Gipplsand, Victoria

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Residents watch the flames tear through the bushes at Lake Tabouriee, Australia, on January 4

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Boats are brought ashore while smoke and forest fires break out behind Lake Conjola

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A firefighting helicopter tackles a forest fire in East Gippsland, Victoria

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A fireman gives water to a dry koala in Cudlee Creek, South Australia

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Firefighters board a fire while ravaging a farm in New South Wales on December 21

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The sky turns red over East Gippsland as fires continue to raze the Australian bush on January 4

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A kangaroo near the forest fires in Nowra

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An aerial view of a forest fire near Bairnsdale

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Firefighters work to fight a fire outside Sydney on December 31, 2019

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A firefighting helicopter throws water in a forest fire on the outskirts of the city of Bargo, near Sydney

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Children play at the Bega fairgrounds in southern New South Wales, where they camp after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by forest fires.

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A satellite image of Batemans Bay showing smoke and fire from forest fires

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The evening sky turns red from forest fires in Nowra

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Burning embers cover the ground while firefighters fight forest fires around the city of Nowra

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The sky turns red as forest fires continue in Mallacoota, Victoria.

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The remains of burned buildings along a main street in the city of Cobargo, New South Wales

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Firefighters try to protect homes around Charmhaven, New South Wales

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Wildfires are unleashed under columns of smoke in Bairnsdale

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Business owners stand in front of their shop that was destroyed by a forest fire in Cobargo

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A helicopter throwing water on a fire in the East Gippsland region of Victoria

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Nowra

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Think smoke from wildfires fills the air in eastern Gippsland

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“Carmelized” snow caused by dust from Australian forest fires is seen near Franz Josef Glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

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Firefighters bathe trees while fighting forest fires around the city of Nowra

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Rippling smoke from a burning fire in East Gippsland, Victoria. More than 800,000 hectares have been burned in East Gippsland

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Rippling smoke from a burning fire in East Gippsland

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Smoke and wild fury behind Lake Conjola

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A house and van are destroyed after forest fires ravage the city of Bilpin, west of Sydney

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A helicopter fighting a forest fire near Bairnsdale in the East Gippsland region of Victoria

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Fire and rescue personnel ran to move their truck when a forest fire burns along a main road and houses on the outskirts of the city of Bilpin

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Amy, on the left, and Ben Spencer sit at the Bega fairgrounds in southern New South Wales, where they camp after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by forest fires.

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A firefighter sprays foam retardant on a back burn in front of a fire front in the city of Jerrawangala, New South Wales

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Two forest fires approach a house located on the outskirts of the city of Bargo

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Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria

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Nowra

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Property threatened by East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield

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The main street in the city of Bombala, New South Wales, is represented in smoke by nearby forest fires.

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A fireman washing trees and embers flying in an effort to protect nearby homes from forest fires near the city of Nowra in the state of New South Wales

AFP through Getty

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Smoke rises from a large forest fire that has burned more than 200,000 acres of land in East Gipplsand, Victoria

EPA

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Residents watch the flames tear through the bushes at Lake Tabouriee, Australia, on January 4

Getty

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Boats are brought ashore while smoke and forest fires break out behind Lake Conjola

Robert Oerlemans via AP

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A firefighting helicopter tackles a forest fire in East Gippsland, Victoria

EPA

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A fireman gives water to a dry koala in Cudlee Creek, South Australia

AP

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Firefighters board a fire while ravaging a farm in New South Wales on December 21

AP

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The sky turns red over East Gippsland as fires continue to raze the Australian bush on January 4

Getty

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A kangaroo near the forest fires in Nowra

AFP / Getty

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An aerial view of a forest fire near Bairnsdale

Victoria State Government / EPA

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Firefighters work to fight a fire outside Sydney on December 31, 2019

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A firefighting helicopter throws water in a forest fire on the outskirts of the city of Bargo, near Sydney

Getty

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Children play at the Bega fairgrounds in southern New South Wales, where they camp after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by forest fires.

AFP through Getty

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A satellite image of Batemans Bay showing smoke and fire from forest fires

Data from the European Union, Copernicus Sentinel through REUTERS

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The evening sky turns red from forest fires in Nowra

AFP / Getty

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Burning embers cover the ground while firefighters fight forest fires around the city of Nowra

AFP through Getty

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The sky turns red as forest fires continue in Mallacoota, Victoria.

Jonty Smith via Reuters

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The remains of burned buildings along a main street in the city of Cobargo, New South Wales

AFP / Getty

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Firefighters try to protect homes around Charmhaven, New South Wales

New South Wales rural fire service

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Wildfires are unleashed under columns of smoke in Bairnsdale

Glen Morey via AP

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Business owners stand in front of their shop that was destroyed by a forest fire in Cobargo

EPA

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A helicopter throwing water on a fire in the East Gippsland region of Victoria

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning / AFP

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Nowra

AFP through Getty

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Think smoke from wildfires fills the air in eastern Gippsland

Getty

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“Carmelized” snow caused by dust from Australian forest fires is seen near Franz Josef Glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

Reuters

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Firefighters bathe trees while fighting forest fires around the city of Nowra

AFP through Getty

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Rippling smoke from a burning fire in East Gippsland, Victoria. More than 800,000 hectares have been burned in East Gippsland

EPA / DELWP Gippsland

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Rippling smoke from a burning fire in East Gippsland

EPA / DELWP Gippsland

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LIFES.A.BREEZE via Reuters

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Smoke and wild fury behind Lake Conjola

Robert Oerlemans via AP

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A house and van are destroyed after forest fires ravage the city of Bilpin, west of Sydney

AFP through Getty

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A helicopter fighting a forest fire near Bairnsdale in the East Gippsland region of Victoria

Victoria State Government / AFP

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Fire and rescue personnel ran to move their truck when a forest fire burns along a main road and houses on the outskirts of the city of Bilpin

Getty

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Amy, on the left, and Ben Spencer sit at the Bega fairgrounds in southern New South Wales, where they camp after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by forest fires.

AFP through Getty

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A firefighter sprays foam retardant on a back burn in front of a fire front in the city of Jerrawangala, New South Wales

AFP through Getty

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Two forest fires approach a house located on the outskirts of the city of Bargo

Getty

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Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria

EPA

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Nowra

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Property threatened by East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield

EPA

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The main street in the city of Bombala, New South Wales, is represented in smoke by nearby forest fires.

AFP through Getty

“Making fly even cheaper and, therefore, increasing the amount we do, is not compatible with net zero.”

Flybe has been involved in “last resort” talks with ministers about his future, with reports that it would close if the government did not offer help to keep it flying.

The regional airline was near the collapse last winter, but was taken by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic. It must be renamed Virgin Connect.

Lord Adonis, the last secretary of labor transport: “I certainly don’t think we should offer a free lunch to air passengers by eliminating the Air Passenger Duty, which would be bad for the environment, bad for our ecological credentials and would also impose a great, great charge for the general taxpayer. “

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The Regional & City Airports lobby has long insisted that APD “undermines the viability, sustainability and potential of regional airports.”

It has pressed the Treasury to exempt airports that handle less than three million passengers a year from flight tax.

Beneficiaries would include George Best Belfast City, Southampton, Cardiff and Exeter, all major airports for Flybe.

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