Additional increases in APD could stop UK holidaymakers from takingan overseas holiday, MPs have said.
According to a survey of MPs by ABTA aheadof the Chancellor’s autumn statement next month, 75% said the rise next yearcould stop ordinary families flying, compared to 39% who said the same lastyear. Politicians across the UK were concerned but mostly in London (78%) andthe south of England (90%) and several parliamentarians have written to theChancellor George Osborne urging him to ‘re-consider its plans for a double-inflationrise in APD in 2012’, which will hit already cash-strapped families.
“It is rare indeed for the tide of opinion among MPsto turn so massively within the space of just nine months,” said AndrewHawkins, chairman of ComRes, which conducted the research. “Concern about thisissue among MPs of all parties, and particularly among Conservatives, is surelysomething that George Osborne will have to address ahead of the planned APDrises in April next year”.
A spokesperson from Gatwick Airport said its familypassengers pay