In recent years, with the growing concern about climate issues, countries have also developed more stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations. The latest news comes as the Guardian reported this week that Labour is looking to the sky in the hope that the airport will be able to impose a ban on private jets by 2025. It is understood that this policy depends on the outcome of the upcoming parliamentary elections in the UK.
Gulfstream G700 Business Jet (pictured from Gulfstream, via Cnet)
A vote is needed by December 12, when the fate of the Conservatives and the current prime minister, Boris Johnson, will be decided.
If Labour takes the lead, Jeremy Corbyn will lead Parliament and push for a ban on private jets.
A recent study by Common Health, a British think-tank, found that private jets operated in the UK emit as much pollutants into the air each year as 450,000 cars on UK roads.
If implemented, the policy could reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1.1 million tons per year. The London-New York route, for example, has a carbon footprint equivalent to a four-and-a-half-year driving vehicle.
If the passengers were replaced with more commercial flights, the per capita emissions of passengers would be much smaller. By contrast, a private jet usually has only five members.
However, the airline industry is not fazed by the policy, such as the European Association of Business Airlines, which says the ban is meaningless and has pledged to commit to cutting emissions to 50 per cent in 2005.