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.
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.
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.
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.