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UK’s Rishi Sunak cuts tax for domestic flights ahead of climate summit


LONDON — British Chancellor Rishi Sunak cut air passenger tax for flights within the U.K. — just days before Britain hosts an historic climate summit.

Sunak said flights between airports in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be subject to a new lower rate.

He said the cut to domestic flights would “bring people together across the United Kingdom,” while hailing the boost to regional airports he said it would provide.

But the U.K. chancellor also announced a new higher rate of the tax for long-haul flights — meaning those flying furthest will pay the most.

He said fewer than 5 percent of passengers would pay more as a result.

The COP26 climate summit kicks off in Glasgow next week, with the government working to secure agreement from other world leaders on global carbon emissions cuts.