Bosses and directors from 250 UK businesses have signed a petition telling Chancellor George Osborne that Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a “significant additional burden” to businesses.
The petition has also called for the tax to be scrapped, with the CEOs of Heathrow, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Scottish Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Airports Group signing up.
Others to have signed the petition are Joel Brandon-Bravo, UK managing director of Travelzoo and Mervyn Williamson, MD of Statesman Travel Group.
“The support of the Chambers of Commerce and business associations from around the country highlight the serious concerns they have about the uncompetitive rate of APD, which is the world’s highest air passenger tax. As the economy continues to recover, now is the right time for the Chancellor and his team to look again at APD in order to help grow exports and inbound tourism,” said Virgin Atlantic’s chief executive Craig Kreeger.