Barely a week goes by when there isn’t another very public comment on the Government’s controversial APD (air passenger duty).
This week it’s the turn of ABTA, as they call for their members and customers to put pressure on the Government over the impact the high flight tax has on the travel industry and to demand research is carried out to the effects it is having.
Did You Know? The UK’s APD is the highest airport tax in the World.
ABTA, together with the travel industry coalition – made up of 30 airlines, airports, tour operators and trade bodies – collectively known as A Fair Tax On Flying, will launch a campaign over the summer months to highlight the high costs imposed on holiday makers, which will include a leaflet drop to passengers at a number of major UK airports. However, there are concerns by some members that by highlighting the actual cost of APD, it might put some passengers off travelling.
The objective of the coalition group’s campaign is to inspire 100,000 people to write to their MPs. This can be done through their dedicated website (www.afairtaxonflying.org) that offers an automated letter function, which generates a letter by simply adding in a postcode.
The reason A Fair Tax on Flying is increasing their efforts is that they feel in the past they have not done enough to encourage holidaymakers to voice their concerns as MPs have said they have not had members of the public complaining to them in their forum surgery sessions.
APD generates around £50 billion a year to the UK economy, and there are fears money coming into the UK could start to decrease, affecting employment and economic growth, because travellers are put off flying both out of and into the UK.
Recent research showed that many Britons are choosing not to fly long haul directly from the UK, and instead are flying to Europe to board a long haul flight to avoid paying APD.