We have the highest rate of Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the EU which puts UK business and trade at a massive disadvantage compared to other EU countries like Germany, France and Ireland. This makes no economic sense when we need to be expanding global trade links as Brexit gets ever closer. Please support our call for at least a 50% cut in this Tax on Trade to make Britain competitive.Get InvolvedFind out more
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
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
Roberto Pardal, Director at Eurowelcome
Ruth Boxall, A-Gas UK
Abi Pocock, Futures Publishing
Ann-Marie Brook, SPTS Technologies Ltd, An Orbotech Company