UNWTO welcomes the recent decision by the UK government to reform the Air Passenger Duty (APD). The current APD system, in place since 2008, has significantly hindered UK’s tourism while creating important market distortions affecting long-haul destinations.
ABTA – The Travel Association responds to today’s Budget announcement regarding Air Passenger Duty reform.
The announcement made by British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, of changes to the Air Passenger Duty (APD) that will prove favourable to Jamaica and the Caribbean has been welcomed by Tourism and Entertainment Minister, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill.
Treating all long haul flights the same is a welcomed economic initiative from the Chancellor according to the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK).¨
The results of the 2013 TripAdvisor Flights Survey have reveal British travellers’ attitudes to the continuing rise of Air Passenger Duty, and the impending lift on liquid restrictions in hand-luggage across EU airports. As industry campaigners continue to battle against APD, the TripAdvisor survey of over 1,100 respondents reveals that the majority of British travellers are also against it, with 77 per cent citing that APD should be scrapped.
The news that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has once again chosen to raise Air Passenger Duty (APD) is economically self-defeating – as research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) continues to show.
As the world’s key players in the travel and tourism industry have gathered at World Travel Market in London this week, ABTA is calling for the international community to join the campaign against further increases in the UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD).
Regional airline Flybe is claiming domestic UK passengers are being forced to pay twice for departure tax, and therefore have double the reason to object to APD.
Over half of businesses in London (56 per cent) believe that Airport Passenger Duty (APD) is a barrier to the exporting activity of their business, according to new figures released by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
British air passengers are each paying significantly more money on taxes and fees for air travel than other European countries, according to new research by Sainsbury’s Travel Money.
Air passenger duty has risen by eight per cent, following announcements made by the government in August. As the new tax levels come into effect, airline chief executives have joined together to urge the chancellor to review the wider impacts of the taxation on the economy and to halt the proposed rise in 2013.
Britain’s decision to go ahead with the double inflationary increase in Air Passenger Duty on Sunday has been condemned by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the Caribbean region’s tourism development agency. The Budget 2012, which was released on March 21st, confirmed that the double inflationary increase in Air Passenger Duty to all destinations that had been announced in November 2011 would go ahead from this Sunday, April 1st 2012.