Eoghan Corry: Idea of aviation quotas for people 'not practical'

Environmental commentator John Gibbons has suggested flight quotas should be attached to people's PPS numbers
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

21.16 22 Jun 2023

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Eoghan Corry: Idea of aviation quotas for people 'not practical'

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

21.16 22 Jun 2023

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The idea of introducing 'aviation quotas' for people is not practical for an island nation.

That's according to Eoghan Corry, Editor of Air & Travel Magazine, who was responding to a suggestion by environmental commentator John Gibbons.

Mr Gibbons has suggested flight quotas could be attached to people's PPS numbers.


He said this quota or ration could be the equivalent of a return flight from Dublin to Paris in a year.

Anything over that allowance could have a €200 levy to offset the carbon costs associated with it.

Eoghan told The Hard Shoulder this would not be workable for a country like Ireland.

"It's something that the aviation industry has to adress, it's something that society has to address," he said.

"But it's not practical to... engineer flying out of the reach of people when we're in a peripheral island.

"It makes a lot more sense if we were living in Germany or France, where there are alternatives.

"The economic price that Ireland would pay, into opting out of flying, is much, much higher than in those countries.

"I think there are other ways you can go about this".

'Single European Sky'

Eoghan said there are other options to reduce emissions than to cut Ireland off.

"We can reduce emissions straight away - it's quite interesting some of the very obvious ways of doing so, aviation emissions, aren't being addressed.

"The most spectacular of those is the reorganisation of Air Traffic Control systems, the European Commission taking on the member governments.

"Single European Sky would reduce emissions by about 20%".

Eoghan explained different systems across Europe could be harmonised.

"We have 27 different Air Traffic Control systems, operating for the different European countries," he said.

"All of them are quite national and vociferous in how, 'We organise our own Air Traffic Control'.

"Out of that comes issues like the Heathrow stacks, hub airports [and] the holding patterns that aircraft are in.

"Aviation industry airlines have been screaming about this for many, many years.

"The Irish Government should be engaging in this a little bit more.

"It's not easily solved, I'm not pointing fingers of blame, and it's one of many things the aviation industry can be doing.

"Peripheral economies - such as Portugal, Norway, Ireland - if we start getting out of aviation, we are going to pay a higher economic price than we probably can afford," he added.

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Main image: A Delta Airlines flight arriving at Dublin Airport in April 2021. Picture by: Sam Boal/ 

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