The Chancellor’s decision to push ahead with the double inflation increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the recent budget has been branded as a reckless brake on the economy by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK).
Rising fuel prices are starting to dampen air travel demand, according to the latest report from IATA, but business travel is maintaining a strong recovery. Economy travel slowed from 4.9% year over year growth in January to 3.3% in February. Premium travel was more robust, slowing from 8.1% to 7.7% over the same periods.
In the age of grotty airports and budget airlines it seems there’s not much room left for glamour.
Of the 1000 Canadian travellers polled, 52.8% said that they have never actually received an upgrade. 37.3% lucky travellers reported a bump up to first class, 6.1% considered roomier seats the best upgrade they have ever received and 3.8% cited free drinks.
A catalogue of woes may have hit the long haul holiday market this year but destinations are fighting back hard to overcome the negatives, according to its latest review of the sector by Hayes & Jarvis
Tim Jeans, managing director of Monarch Airlines and Peter Patterson, head of transport & energy of the Institute of Directors, are the final speakers to join CIMTIG’s Air Travel: Expand or Consolidate debate on 28 September 2009.