George Osborne has confirmed that the APD rise has been delayed until next year. Delivering his Budget speech, the chancellor said that he had tried to change the duty to a per plane tax but an international law had prevented the changes occurring. He said the government would look into getting the law changed. The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) welcomed the decision but criticised the government for ignoring the industry’s call for a fairer tax. “The Chancellor’s decision not to increase APD is a welcome development but does not go far enough,” said Mike Carrivick, chief executive of BAR UK. “The UK travel industry already pays the highest aviation taxes in Europe and the existing APD levels do not take into account the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) which airlines will pay into from January 2012. Other EU countries have reduced or are removing existing taxes prior to the introduction of EU ETS.” He said the double costs would be ‘unjustified’ and were detrimental to the government’s inbound tourism targets. It has called on the government to reduce APD when EU ETS comes into effect.