Cheap Flights: Everything They Don’t Want You To Know!

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about cheap flights and what they really mean!

We’ve put this page together because we know how much people love travelling to interesting places.  And who doesn’t love a bargain, right?

But there is a lot more to cheap flights than meets the eye – and we just want to share some facts in the hope that you’ll share them with your friends and family too.

Before we go any further – we want to get one thing on the table.  We’re not trying to prevent people from flying and we’re not trying to shut down Leeds Bradford Airport.

But we are trying to get LBA – and the whole aviation industry – to be honest and accountable about what they do, how they do it and the impact their business model has on ordinary people and the planet.

And we want to show that are plenty of ways to travel – that don’t cost the earth!

Flying is the fastest way to fry the planet.

Flying causes approximately 6% of global warming each year.

And because aviation is growing so rapidly – and there is no real prospect of carbon-neutral flying in sight – that figure is getting worse and worse. In fact, the aviation sector is expected to be the second highest cause of UK emissions by 2050 if left unchecked.

To put it in context – taking just one short-haul return flight causes roughly the same amount of climate warming as driving for a whole year!


50% of the damage created by flying is done by 1% of the world's population

Just 15% of people in the UK take 70% of all flights. Whereas half the population does not fly at all in any given year.

And worldwide, the unfairness is even more extreme. 80% of people never get on a plane in their whole life. Which means that the people worst affected by climate change,  living under threat from extreme heat, flooding and lethal storms, have done the least to cause the climate crisis.

But why are cheap flights so bad?

The aviation industry is based on a model that creates more and more demand by offering increasing numbers of cheap flights.

And the cheaper the flights, the more they need to sell. That means they need to fly 24/7 – disrupting the sleep of local people, harming their health with air pollution and causing even more climate damage.

'Guilt Free Flying' is Just Greenwash

There is no magic wand, no quick fix to wipe out the climate damage done by flying.

There are definitely developments underway to try to decarbonise the aviation industry.  And you can read about them here. But  they are going to take many years to come into effect and they are not sufficient to stop the damage that is currently being done by frequent flying.

But what can I do?

If we all fly less, we can stop feeding the hungry machine of the aviation industry.

It’s the single most significant thing we can each do to stop the planet from burning and stop killing off all the places we’d love to travel to.

Flight Free UK is a great place to find ideas and inspiration if you want to start your #FlyLess journey.

No-one is above the law. Not even Leeds Bradford Airport!

At the moment, LBA is trying every trick in the book to expand its operations, even if it means ignoring the flying conditions that it has signed up to.

For two years running, the airport has flown hundreds of unauthorised night flights in defiance of the regulations that are in place to protect the health and sleep of local people.

We have caught them at it and we are currently doing everything we can to hold them to account.   They want to get away with breaking the rules, but we won’t let them.

Please click here to find out more about the night flights scandal.

Want to join our fight to hold Leeds Bradford Airport to account?

Does all the above makes a lot of sense?   Want to join our fight to hold Leeds Bradford Airport to account?

Here’s a few things you can do.

You can help fund our fight here.  We need donations to help fund our legal challenges.

You can join Galba here – it’s free and we are a very friendly bunch of people.



Leeds Bradford Airport is big enough already