IELTS ESSAY: Reduce air traffic by imposing taxes?

Air traffic is increasingly leading to more noise, pollution and airport construction. One reason for this is the growth in low-cost passenger flights, often to holiday destinations. Some people say that governments should try to reduce air traffic by taxing it more heavily.


Do you agree or disagree?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Sample Answer

Aviation sector has witnessed a boom over the recent years. More and more people are travelling by flights, mainly because of less travel time. Another key reason behind this trend is discounted airfares for domestic and international tourist destinations. Such offers attract millions of passengers every year. This travel for recreation not only causes heavy air traffic but leads to excessive noise and pollution. It also requires new airports to cater for the escalating number of travellers.

Many experts argue that heavy taxes should be imposed on airlines to control air traffic. I strongly agree with this view.

The construction of airports is also augmenting noise pollution, which has negative effects on people residing in the vicinity of the airport sites. It is not only their peace that gets disturbed but they also become more prone to heart diseases and hearing problems as well. Such serious damage to the lives of people is alarming and needs to be controlled immediately.

Some people are aptly correct when they say that government should levy heavy taxes on aviation companies to control the noise pollution caused by aeroplanes and construction of airports. Imposition of heavy taxes will control the over-development of this sector resulting in less air pollution and noise pollution.

Moreover, the airports should be constructed on the city outskirts to ensure that the life of people living around would not be disturbed. The heavy tax imposition on aviation sector will control the rapid increase in construction of airdromes, resulting in less air pollution. These measures are a must to protect our environment and safeguard the life of people residing near airports.


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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Preferred Books

Books are a man’s best friend after dogs. Well, when nothing seems to work out the one thing that saves most of us are books. Some people like to read books that are biographies, or sometimes fiction, then non-fiction. Each individual has their own choice and this time we are looking at a cue card that talks about the preference of books of an individual.

Describe what kind of books you prefer reading. You should say –

  • why do you like this genre?
  • when did you first started reading?
  • how did you start reading this genre?

also, explain if not this genre, which one else do you to read?


Books have been my favorite part of life for a long time. They have helped me to understand life better, take me out of depression at a time and made me laugh. I started reading autobiographies initially and went on to read fiction and then non-fiction. Having read the different genres, I have loved the autobiographies the most.

I think the main reason for my inclination towards autobiographies is because of the reason that I am able to relate to the people that it is about. For example, I already have read about Mahatma Gandhi, his deeds, the reason he is celebrated all over the country. Reading his autobiographies tell me the reasons for what he did. How he came into satyagraha. His opinion on how people reacted to his actions.

The first autobiography that I read was by mistake. I wanted to read something and could not find anything and ended up taking the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. Having read the book, I thanked God for the book. But, if not autobiographies, I think I would have definitely read non-fiction.


Books have always been tough for me to hold grasp of. Reading a book for a course also requires a lot of my attention and willpower. For a very long time, the only books that I read were the course books but a few years back I chanced upon reading a book by Khalid Hosseini, The Kite Runner. That book changed my perspective on book reading for a real sense. It made an impact on me as an individual.

Since then I have read a lot of books, including fictions, non-fiction, and autobiographies. But the one genre that has struck a chord with me has been the fiction , other times the world of wars. It also sometimes takes me to the world of terrorism or the world of education. Fiction, the one genre that opens up the minds of individuals to an extent of no coming back.

But, if it was not fiction then I would have stuck with comics I believe. I have tried reading auto biographies and semi-biographies, but they do not connect with me well. My reason for reading comics has always been to either enjoy them or get a meaning out of them. Comics on the other hand provide me with both. They not only give me the reason to be happy but also help in understanding the real life in a better way.