Alistair Rowland has been elected chairman of ABTA following the annual general meeting. Chief retail officer with the Mid-Counties Co-operative, Rowland takes up his position with immediate effect.
The department for transport has recommended a levy of 50 pence per person on all flights to insure against the future collapse of UK-based airlines. The news comes as the government body publishes the final report from the independent airline insolvency review, which was chaired by Peter Bucks.
The UK government has confirmed that it will reciprocate the European Union’s arrangements for air travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This confirms that EU airlines will be able to continue to operate flights between the UK and the EU, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The contribution to the UK economy from outbound travel has increased by a third since 2014, reveals ABTA. The overall contribution to the UK economy from outbound travel now stands at £37.1 billion and 1.8 per cent of GDP, up 36 per cent from £27.1 billion in 2014.
The campaign - entitled Travel with Confidence - will launch with a series of four different radio adverts, aiming to encourage people to book with an ABTA member while also increasing understanding of the organisation’s offer of support, protection and expertise.
British chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed air passenger duty will rise in line with inflation for long-haul flights during the annual budget - a decision greeted with a mixture of disbelief and anger among aviation stakeholders.