The controversial Air Passenger Duty tax – APD – last year brought in a staggering £3.1 billion for HMRC.
Official figures released this week report that in the 10 years since the tax was introduced; the income it has brought in has gone up by 250%.
In 2005 the Government raised a mere £331 million in comparison.
Speaking about the figures, and calling for the unpopular tax to be abolished, Nathan Stower, BATA Chief Executive, said “Even allowing for growth in passenger numbers over the same period, this is still a huge burden on UK businesses, the travelling public and UK aviation. ”
In 1995 51.8 million travellers had their flights qualify for the tax. Fast forward to 2015 and that number has rapidly increased to 100.5 million travellers.
Mr Stower continued, “Despite some recent welcome reforms over the last year or two, such as the return to a two band structure and the abolition of APD for children, the UK flight tax is still the highest in Europe and one of the highest in the world. There is a compelling economic and political case for abolition of APD during this Parliament to improve the UK’s international competitiveness, boost trade, increase productivity, encourage inbound tourism and support the travelling public.”