Passengers are facing a raw deal and higher fares from an EU scheme to tackle climate change, a leading industry boss has claimed.

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Bryan Huxford, chairman of Eastern Airways, which operates flights out of Norwich, said the so-called Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) is also heaping pressure on small airline carriers and has called on the government to review the scheme which he said is costing the company more in administration than it does to buy carbon allowances.

Eastern Airways has three scheduled daily services from Norwich Airport to Aberdeen and operates more than 800 flights a week nationwide.

The ETS was introduced earlier in January to make airlines drive down their carbon footprint by charging them for exceeding carbon emission limits.

Mr Huxford believes carbon emissions are already being reduced by the rising cost of fuel, which is forcing his company to be more efficient. He said: “The ETS introduced is good in theory but for Europe’s smaller carriers it is a disaster in practice. I find it unbelievable that the scheme results in the cost of administration equalling or exceeding the cost of compliance for smaller airlines.

“Eastern Airways takes very seriously the need to minimise the impact of its flights on climate change, even though we already have an aircraft fleet that is extremely fuel efficient. However, the ETS for aviation, implemented by the European Community, is far from being in the interests of Eastern Airways’ customers.

“We do not object to buying the carbon allowances but we see no sense whatsoever in obliging our passengers to pay through their fares for complex and precise reporting procedures that contribute nothing to environmental protection.”

He added: “The high price of fuel already gives us the strongest possible incentive to be as fuel efficient as possible without the imposition of ETS.”

Mike Ambrose, director general of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) backed Mr Huxford, and urged the EU to listen.

“Forcing small airlines to adopt reporting procedures that demand a level of precision many dimensions different from the inexactness of climate change science is absurd,” he said.

“If the European Commission and European Parliament members had listened to the industry when the scheme was drafted, such a ridiculous situation would have been avoided.”

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9 comments

  • They could try using the money they have taken from passenger's for the last few year's for so-called airport improvement's .

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    loco

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Government tax on flights is a real disincentive to use the airport so yet another imposition is not going to help matters, transport tax is the reason it is so difficult to get out of a recession.As for anything to do with the EU we should have ditched this sprawling beaurocracy years ago.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Ok. In practice what can we do to remove the Airport Passenger Tax (aka ADF)? It's about time that the Airport bosses took a commercial and strategic view that this tax adds no value and like others (including airlines), I just don't look at Norwich as a viable option for flights. Perhaps a 12 month trial without the tax could add more routes and passengers, with the benefit of more income? I don't know that many businesses that expect to succeed by loading costs onto their customers? Time for a commercial rethink please.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Time we stopped being dictated to by the EU and the 'green' lobby. When the French and other Europeans start to play by the rules, which they seem to dream up with alarming regularity, then maybe we would be more inclined to take the whole EU gravy train seriously.

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    Tractorboy

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Spot on D.Coleman...our elite and unelected elite are the only ones who believe in MMGW, of course, they and their paid up scientists blame the poor working folk for the imaginary warming...from when we was dragged off the land, to earning a few bob, to buy fuel, to further developments of having a slice of the pie, that our landed gentry have always had...tis all our fault,and we must pay to put it back to how it all was.

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    nrg

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Norwich airport has for many years been its own liability to turning many of the public away through horrendous cost of using the airport..... Motivated greed from charges imposed on the public to use the airport has lost many customers like myself and there are probably countless loss of custom and revenue over the past 10 plus years in the running of this airport.....

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    Lionel

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • When it is almost as cheap to fly to America as it is with eastern to Aberdeen, i can only assume that they have enough money in the kitty to buy these carbon credits and that i am already paying for them when i fly to Aberdeen

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    DaveG

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • The imposition of carbon taxes on flights are designed to make people fly less often, and indeed will have that effect on many ordinary people. Did anyone notice that they will not make one iota of difference to the politicians who imposed them, or EU officials, who all get their flights paid for on expenses? Neither will it affect the wealthy who can easily afford to pay the extra. The tax is just for you plebs. That's how you are regarded by all of them. The question is, how much longer are you prepared to take being ripped off and treated like dirt before you decide enough is enough?

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    Derek Colman

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Another scam within a scam, the head honchos of the unelected EU are of course former bankers....trading bags of nowt really tops everything I've ever heard.

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    nrg

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

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