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easyJet welcomes Conservative pledge to reform “daft” Air Tax

easyJet welcomes Conservative pledge to reform “daft” Air Tax

easyJet welcomes Conservative pledge to reform “daft” Air Tax

Commenting on the Conservatives’ manifesto pledge to reform Air Passenger Duty (APD), Andy Harrison, easyJet Chief Executive, said:

“We welcome the Conservatives’ promise to reform the UK’s daft air tax. A tax that forces families to subsidise private jets, cargo planes and 20 million foreign transfer passengers per year is way past its sell-by date. From an environmental perspective APD gives a perverse incentive – full planes pay the highest tax whilst empty ones pay no tax at all.  We need to make air tax greener and fairer now. It should be reformed from a poll tax into a flight tax that taxes emissions, not families.”

Air Passenger Duty has been widely criticised for exempting private jets, cargo aircraft and foreign passengers changing planes as well as for under-taxing long-haul passengers.

easyJet and numerous other airlines as well as environmental groups have long called for a complete overhaul of APD. The vast majority of people in the UK support a reform of Air Passenger Duty (APD), according to a representative YouGov survey published in October 2009 which was commissioned by easyJet, the UK’s largest airline in the run up to the last increase in APD on 1 November 2009.


The analysis shows that 80% of the population agree that all flights, including cargo and private jets, should be taxed, while 69% said the tax ought to be designed to tackle climate change. In addition, almost two thirds of those questioned (65%) agreed that Air Passenger Duty should also cover foreign transfer passengers.