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In a move that demonstrates the growing clamour for a significant cut in Air Passenger Duty (APD) to help get Britain Brexit ready in the November Budget, American Airlines and Emirates have joined the ‘A Fair Tax on Flying’ campaign.
Campaign representative Dale Keller from airline trade organisation BAR UK said:
“Air Passenger Duty is a ‘Tax on Trade’ and hits both business and leisure travellers. This puts the UK business community at a serious competitive disadvantage and hurts the UK economy.
“The fact that these two high-profile and major international airlines have joined the campaign is a great boost to our call on the Chancellor to cut UK APD by at least 50%. American Airlines and Emirates serve an extensive number of the international markets that the UK needs to build growing trade and investment links. With Brexit getting ever closer, it is imperative that the Chancellor acts soon.”
American Airlines Managing Director – London Heathrow, Rhett Workman, said,
“We’re proud to be the largest non-UK based airline at Heathrow and to have served the UK for 45 years. American’s flights provide a key link from the UK to the United States and other markets. Post-Brexit Britain needs to be open for business. We urge the UK Government to make this clear to flyers by considering a decisive cut in their Air Passenger Duty.”
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “UK aviation taxes are amongst the highest in the world. Cutting them will benefit consumers, stimulate more leisure and business travel, and send a strong signal that the UK is serious about building ever stronger international air and trade links, particularly in the post Brexit world.”