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Osborne confirms business jets will pay APD… in 2013

Osborne confirms business jets will pay APD… in 2013

30 November 2011 Airline News

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.

British MPs raise concerns APD may stop families flying

British MPs raise concerns APD may stop families flying

19 September 2011 Airline News Tourism News

Air Passenger Duty may cause British families to abandon planned flights altogether, according to members of parliament. Findings from a survey carried out by ComRes on behalf of trade body ABTA reveal one in four MPs feel plans for increases in aviation tax in 2012 may stop ordinary families from flying.

Skyscanner boss disputes APD concerns

Skyscanner boss disputes APD concerns

16 September 2011 Airline News

The chief executive of Skyscanner, the price comparison website, has disputed rising industry concerns about the impact of rising Air Passenger Duty (APD) on demand for long-haul travel.

APD blamed for massive slump in regional aviation

APD blamed for massive slump in regional aviation

25 June 2011 Airline News

Small airports across the UK are blaming Air Passenger Duty for the huge slump in passenger numbers. Traffic in some regional airports has fallen by as much as 70 percent over the past four years, according to new figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic urges APD rethink

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic urges APD rethink

17 June 2011 Airline News

Passengers could be paying an extra £1 billion a year in increased Air Passenger Duty, Sir Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic has warned. The carrier said APD raised £2 billion in 2010 but that this figure could rise to £3 billion a year under new government proposals.

easyJet warns APD hikes will cost £475m

easyJet warns APD hikes will cost £475m

18 May 2011 Airline News

Low-cost carrier easyJet has warned that proposed hikes to air passenger duty will lead to a fall of three million British air passengers, and reduce tourist spending by £475m a year. The low-cost carrier also said the APD pricing structure would result in a shift from short to long-haul travel, which in term would harm the environment.

UK chancellor freezes Air Passenger Duty

UK chancellor freezes Air Passenger Duty

23 March 2011 Airline News

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has frozen Air Passenger Duty at its present level. Announcing the 2011 Budget, Osborne told the House of Commons that there will be no increase in the APD until at least 2012.