The Green Party of Norway (MDG) has revealed a series of initiatives targeting the aviation industry. This comes ahead of September’s national elections — while there won’t be a Green Party Prime Minister, the party could play an important role in building a coalition.
So, what aviation measures is the Green Party proposing?
Creating personal flight quotas
The Green Party is proposing the concept of flight quotas for every Norwegian:
- Everyone would be given a quota for how many flights they can take each year
- This would be a barter system of sorts, so that those who fly a lot could buy their flight quota from others who don’t fly as much
- A person’s flight quota will take into account geographical and socioeconomic differences
- It’s argued that Norway can’t just wait for electric planes, but rather that something needs to be done to reduce peoples’ appetite for flying and travel
Eliminating airport duty free shopping
The Green Party wants to eliminate duty free shopping at airports. This is obviously a huge source of revenue for airports, so why discontinue it? Well, it’s argued that duty free shopping creates an incentive to take more flights, and that’s bad.
Improving rail connections
French lawmakers recently moved to ban short haul domestic flights, though in reality this only eliminated five out of 100+ domestic routes. Along similar lines, the Green Party wants Norway to invest in train travel so that it can become more efficient, and a better alternative to flying.
Banning advertising of domestic routes
The Green Party also wants to ban advertising of domestic routes, with a similar goal of trying to create as little desire as possible to fly.
Norway’s Green Party is proposing some pretty drastic measures to reduce demand for flying, from creating personal flight quotas, to eliminating duty free purchases. It’s anyone’s guess if any of this will ever become law, though these sure are some major proposals.
What’s my take?
- Investing in rail is of course great, if it could become a practical alternative to flying
- The concept of banning advertising for domestic flights will just cause advertising for international flights to increase, so does that really accomplish anything?
- Banning duty free sales seems a bit much, because it’s not like people fly because of duty free
- I’m not sure a system that commoditizes peoples’ right to travel would have a positive impact; it also seems unfair that there would be no limits on driving, but there would be limits on flying
What do you make of Norway’s proposals to reduce flying?