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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