Air Passenger Duty

Asa Bennett

Thomas Cook Chief Warns Against EU Exit And Scottish Independence | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Harriet Green, the chief executive of travel giant Thomas Cook, has warned against the "unsettling" prospects of Britain leaving the European Union an...

Why Does Ryanair's O'Leary Support Scottish Independence?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics

Michael O'Leary, head of the budget airline Ryanair, has thrown his weight behind Scottish independence due to Alex Salmond's promise to cut and event...

Campaign Pressure and Irish Abolition Prompts APD Showdown in Commons

Simon Buck | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Buck

This week there will be two debates in the House of Commons on an issue that the Government has been doing its best to bury - Air Passenger Duty (APD). It's often cited that the UK has the world's highest air passenger tax anywhere in the world, and over the next few days MPs will, once again, be debating just how much of an impact it is having on the economy and on ordinary people's ability to travel.

Businesses Are Being Given a Chance to Make Their Voices Heard on APD

Luke Pollard | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

Each year it is estimated that British businesses pay £500m in Air Passenger Duty (APD) to the Exchequer with a further £500m levied on foreign travellers who come to the UK to do business.

Sky High Tax on Flying To Soar Further

Simon Buck | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK
Simon Buck

Disappointingly, but not unsurprisingly, yesterday the Chancellor stuck to his short-sighted plans to increase the UK's Air Passenger Duty (APD) for yet another year. It flies in the face of new evidence from PwC pointing to the economic benefits of abolishing APD...

Why Are Tory MPs Opposing a Tax Cut That Would Create More Jobs?

Luke Pollard | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

George Osborne has said on more than one occasion in the past few months that he is working towards the UK having a low tax environment suitable for greater overseas investment. It is a laudable plan but does it stand up to scrutiny?

Cancel Planned Increase in Air Passenger Duty, Chancellor

Darren Caplan | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Darren Caplan

The UK airports sector has been campaigning heavily over the past 12 months on the eye-wateringly high levels of Air Passenger Duty (APD) levied in this country. APD - the Government's tax on flights - is currently the highest anywhere in the world, and has risen by between 160% and 360% since 2007.

Treasury Misses an Opportunity to Understand Flight Tax's Impacts

Luke Pollard | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

This time last year, air passengers learned of the Government's intention to increase the tax on flights, Air Passenger Duty (APD), by twice the rate of inflation - a rise that gave the UK's air passengers a further lead in remaining the most heavily taxed anywhere in the world.

The Day MPs Listened to 200,000 People

Luke Pollard | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

Since the air passenger duty was introduced in 1994, no study has been done about its economic impacts. If we are to levy the highest air tax in the world, surely we must understand the economic impact of doing so.

Charlie Thomas

'Toxic And Disastrous' | Charlie Thomas | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK

Boris Johnson, mayor of London, publicly denounced the government's decision to delay the publication of a crucial report into the UK's future airport...

The Case for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Air Passenger Duty

Henry Smith | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Politics
Henry Smith

On Tuesday, Parliament granted time to debate an important issue that a growing number of constituents across the UK have been urging policy-makers to re-assess - the high cost of Air Passenger Duty (APD).

100,000 People Call for Flight Tax Review

Luke Pollard | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

The summer recess is normally a quiet period for MPs. Their offices slow down, they take holidays and politics seems slower paced. The extraordinary success of the Olympics may have taken the focus of the media off Westminster but that does not mean that MPs have gotten away with a quiet summer.

Sun, Sea and Suspicious Taxes: 8% Increase in Air Passenger Duty

Settit Beyene | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Settit Beyene

Embarking on a gap year in 2012/2013 means I and countless other itchy-footed Brits will have to deal with increased APD on flights, opaque booking costs and 'administration' fees (EasyJet, Ryanair, I'm looking at you). Despite what Madonna said in the '80s, this year, holidays will not be a time to celebrate.

Why Your Ticket Just Got 8% More Expensive...

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK

Higher rates of the air passenger duty (APD) airport departure tax took effect on Sunday, hitting passengers with a ticket increase of around 8%. A...

The Most Competitive Tax System in the World?

Luke Pollard | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

The simple message for the Chancellor coming out of this Budget from the travel industry is this: we support your efforts to make the UK the most competitive place to do business in the world, but to do this we need you to apply that logic to every tax, not just the ones voters have heard about.

Treasury Passes Up Chance to Make Britain's Tax System Fairer

Luke Pollard | Posted 05.02.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

So next time you buy a flight ticket and wonder why it is more expensive, we can all be clear - it is because Mr Osborne chose not to reform Air Passenger Duty and make the tax on flying fairer. This was his opportunity to show he was listening to the concerns of holidaymakers and business travellers. He failed comprehensively to do so. It is very disappointing.

Aviation Duty: It's All in the Small Print - But the Increase is Anything But Small

Luke Pollard | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

Today, the Chancellor has ignored the voice of tourism, of British business and of ordinary travellers. Buried in his Autumn Statement are plans for a double-inflation rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD) which will hit the UK economy in 2012 and beyond.

MPs Are Waking Up to the Unfairness of Aviation Tax: Will The Chancellor?

Brian Donohoe | Posted 28.01.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Donohoe

I am a realist. The Chancellor will not announce a cut in APD today. But what I would like to see from the Treasury would be a compromise - for him to establish the principle that future Emissions Trading Scheme ticket price rises are offset by reductions in APD.

Are We Approaching the Flight Taxes Tipping Point?

Luke Pollard | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

he hullaballoo surrounding a certain witness at this week's Home Office Select Committee hearing and the highly-trailed backbench debate on fuel prices obscured an equally important debate taking place in the Commons yesterday on the aviation sector.

The Tax Loophole That's Costing the Treasury and Impeding Economic Growth

Simon Buck | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Politics
Simon Buck

Britain has the highest air ticket tax - known as Air Passenger Duty (APD) - of any country in the world. As an island nation, you can see why successive policy-makers have raised APD since its introduction in 1994. Most Brits have little choice but to pay the departure tax - and it's been a boon to the Treasury.

UK's Exorbitant Air Taxes will Damage Inbound Tourism in 2012

Mary Rance | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK
Mary Rance

How, in the year of the 2012 Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, could tourism possibly be forecast to shrink?

We Should all be as Worried as Willie Walsh about Air Passenger Duty

Luke Pollard | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

That Willie Walsh that is so vexed about APD should worry us all. And not just because, as passengers, APD means higher fares on our holidays or business trips. Yes, it's true that for passengers the costs are huge.

Air Passenger Duty Tax Cut To Save Belfast To New York Flight

Posted 27.11.2011 | UK

Flying from Belfast to New York will be cheaper from November after the British government announced a cut in local air passenger duty. Under plans...

MPs are Right to be Concerned About Higher Flight Taxes

Luke Pollard | Posted 15.11.2011 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

Air Passenger Duty is a poorly understood tax. Research conducted last year found that just one in three passengers look at the proportion of tax they pay on flights. If more passengers did, they might be in for a surprise.