British Businesses back call for Air Passenger Duty Cut Grows As Brexit Looms

Today, (14th November) leading businesses and business groups including the Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors have backed the call by the A Fair Tax on Flying for a reduction in Air Passenger Duty.

In a letter to the Times the businesses urge the chancellor to deliver on the government’s vision of a Brexit-ready Britain by making a bold an decisive cut of at least 50 per cent in what is in effect a tax on trade.

Letter to The Times

Dear Sir,

As Brexit approaches, it is vital that UK business is given all encouragement possible to reach out and develop trade in both existing and new global markets. But people travelling for business currently face the highest aviation taxes of any significant economy. UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) is double that of Germany. Passengers from UK airports currently pay £75 in Air Passenger Duty on long-haul economy and £150 in other classes. This punitive level of tax hurts the UK economy in another way too, as travellers seeking trade with, or investment in, the UK pay this tax on their flight home. We urge the Chancellor to deliver on his and his Government’s vision of a Brexit-ready Britain, by making a bold and decisive cut of at least 50% in what is in effect a ‘Tax on Trade’.

John Holland Kaye, Chief Executive, Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited

Tom Mackay, Chief Financial Officer, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer, Thomas Cook Group plc

Stephen Herring, Head of Taxation, The Institute of Directors

Janis Kong, Chair, Bristol Airport

Mike Cherry, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

Nick Jones, Chief Executive, Newcastle International Airport

Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK

David Laws, Chief Executive, Leeds Bradford International Airport

Dale Keller, Chief Executive, BAR UK

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA

Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association

Rhett Workman, Managing Director – London Heathrow, American Airlines

Deirdre Wells OBE, Chief Executive, UK Inbound

Rafael Scvartzman, Regional VP Europe, The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Manoj Gunawardena, Regional Head of Europe & Americas, SriLankan Airlines Ltd.

Daniela Mauro, Chef de service – Affaires Règlementaires Bilatérales et Internationales – Air Canada

Cecilia D. Bethke, Managing Director-International Affairs, Airlines for America

Bob Schumacher, Managing Director (UK and Ireland), United Airlines

Gilda Ponde, UK Manager, LATAM Airlines Group

Ricardo Dinis, TAP UK, Country Manager

Earle Thomas, Associate Director, Buro Happold

Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive, Gatwick Diamond Business
Delta

Roberto Pardal, Director at Eurowelcome

Ruth Boxall, A-Gas UK

Abi Pocock, Futures Publishing

Ann-Marie Brook, SPTS Technologies Ltd, An Orbotech Company

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