"This growth has been fuelled by generous tax breaks and state aid and is contrary to the objectives of environmental policy, especially efforts to prevent the worst consequences of climate change," the Stockholm Environment Institute's regional centre at the University of York in northern England said.
Britain and other EU governments have made a massive commitment to expanding aviation, the report says.
The report, of which a full version was to be published Monday, argues that the aviation industry should play its full role in helping to reduce greenhouse gases.
The study recommends a series of actions, including an end to the tax-free status of aviation fuel, to be carried out by the British government and European Union over the next 30 years to combat the problem of increasing air travel.
It advises also that journeys of less than 400 miles (640 kilometres) should be made by train -- reducing the number of flights by 45 percent -- while businesses should use video conferencing rather than flying staff to meetings.
Airlines should pay also an environmental charge equal to the damage they cause, the study suggests.
One of the report's two authors, Professor John Whitelegg, said that high-speed rail services such as Eurostar, currently linking London with Paris and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel, needed to be improved so that every British city was linked by train to mainland Europe.
"At the moment we have cheap flights and some of the most expensive railways in the world. That is the wrong way around," he told BBC online.