'Cheap' flights are for the priviliged


It’s the rich who are really benefiting from the artificially low prices of air travel.

The average houeshold income of people using Stansted Airport is £47,000 per year – and it’s supposed to be a budget airport!

Low-skilled people and people on benefits, despite making up a quarter of the population, only took 6% of the flights whilst the top quarter of the population took almost half of all flights. (Civil Aviation Authority)

75% of those who use budget airlines are in social classes A, B and C, while people with second homes abroad take an average of six return flights a year. Most of the growth, the government envisages, will take place among the wealthiest 10%.(Civil Aviation Authority)