Air miles schemes should be banned because they stimulate demand for excessive flying, according to a report commissioned by the Government's climate change advisers.

Frequent flyers should also be hit with an 'escalating air miles levy' to stop them flying so much.

However, the Committee on Climate Change report says prices should not rise for people taking an annual holiday.

Restrictions are necessary to cut down on excessive flights taken by 15% of the UK population estimated to be responsible for 70% of flights.

Many of those take additional flights to 'maintain their privileged traveller status,' according to the Times.

The report, Behaviour Change, Public Engagement and Net Zero, also calls for cutting prices on rail services to reduce demand for cars and aircraft, and re-opening disused rail lines.

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