ABTA calls on government to issue APD plans

ABTA calls on government to issue APD plans

ABTA has called for the Government to publish its consultation on replacement options for Air Passenger Duty. Chancellor, George Osborne has agreed to issue new proposals for a new per plane duty in Autumn and ABTA is keen to start detailed policy discussions with the Government on the exact design, structure and level of any new aviation tax. “While we broadly support a change to a per plane tax, which would incentivise airlines to fly more efficiently, with fuller passenger loads, the level and mechanics of the new tax concern our members and their customers greatly,” said ABTA’s Head of Public Affairs Luke Pollard. “We have seen with APD how a poorly designed tax system that ignored the valid concerns of the industry can be damaging to our sector and the sooner detailed policy discussions can begin the better. The travel industry knows that George Osborne wants to balance the books, but to maximise the tax take it must be set at a level where people can still afford to fly – not at a level where people are priced out of the skies.”

Gary Marshall
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