The Scottish government has confirmed plans to halve Air Passenger Duty by the end of the current Scottish Parliament in 2021. Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, welcomed the move. He said: “This is a major step towards the complete abolition of this stealth tax that hinders economic growth, tourism and jobs.”
UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has issued a discussion paper on possible changes to Air Passenger Duty as part of his latest budget. Although not committing the government to any changes in the unpopular levy, the paper will consider options such as devolving air passenger duty within the English regions.
Families flying from the UK will benefit from the abolition of Air Passenger Duty for children under the age of 12 from today. For some families this will cut the cost of going on holiday by hundreds of pounds. For example, abolishing APD for under 12s will mean parents with two young children could save as much as £142 on long-haul trips to destinations like the USA and Australia.
Air Passenger Duty has been partially reformed in the UK as the new tax year begins. From April 1st, the two more expensive bands of APD are being abolished. Band ‘C’ affects people travelling over 4,000 miles, and band ‘D’ affects journeys over 6,000 miles.
One of Britain’s fastest-growing taxes is 20 years old this week. Relentless rises in Air Passenger Duty mean that a family of four flying to a destination outside Europe will soon pay £284 in tax, compared with just £40 when the levy was introduced on November 1st, 1994. That seven-fold increase in APD has taken place while inflation has not even doubled over the same period.
Airline industry stakeholders have welcomed reforms to the Air Passenger Duty announced by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne in the budget. Addressing the house of commons, Osborne said APD would be reformed down to two bands from April 2015, with bands C and D will be abolished. From April 2015 Band B will be the highest band.
The decision by the UK chancellor of the exchequer to once again raise Air Passenger Duty is economically self-defeating, according to research from the World Travel & Tourism Council. Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the rise in his Autumn Statement yesterday.
Industry bodies have reacted furiously by a decision by UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne to increase Air Passenger Duty. While widely expected, the government has been heavily criticised following an announcement during the Autumn Statement.
British Airways has revealed it will cut recruitment by half in 2012 as a direct result of a government decision to persevere with increases in Air Passenger Duty. The British flag-carrier had been planning to create approximately 800 new jobs in 2012 to support growth of our flying programme, but this will now fall to 400 positions.
Passengers on business jets will be expected to pay Air Passenger Duty the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has confirmed. However, owners have been given an additional year’s grace, with the introduction of the tax moved from April 2012 to 2013.