Britain is Open for Business – Almost

Last week businesses up and down the country welcomed the long awaited Government decision to provide additional runway capacity by announcing the expansion of Heathrow airport.

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Let’s #MakeFlyingFair!

Air Passenger Duty (APD) was introduced in 1994 as a flat charge of £5 (UK/EU) or £10 (elsewhere) per passenger for travelling from a UK airport. In its 22 years of existence it has morphed from a small charge to the highest tax on long-haul flying in the world.

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APD puts UK businesses at a competitive disadvantage when trying to compete on a global stage

Paul Wait, Chief Executive, GTMC At a time when there’s much talk on how to best to secure the future growth of British companies, it seems clear that halving Air Passenger Duty (APD) will have immediate benefits. Whilst we welcomed the government’s decision last year to simplify elements of the APD classifications, making it easier …

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An unfair tax on British holidaymakers

British holidaymakers pay more in air tax or Air Passenger Duty (APD) than almost anywhere else in the world.

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Air Passenger Duty – the lazy tax that places Northern Ireland at major disadvantage

By Graham Keddie Managing Director, Belfast International Airport If the mandarins at the Treasury were asked to come up with a levy to penalise a region most severely, they couldn’t have done any better than the blunt instrument that is Air Passenger Duty or APD. Of all the regions of the United Kingdom, APD has …

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APD: The outdated tax holding Britain back from achieving our full economic potential

By Tim Alderslade CEO, British Air Transport Association (BATA) In 2014 the then Chancellor George Osborne took welcome steps to reduce the amount of APD paid by UK families by exempting children under the age of 16 from the tax entirely. In doing so, the Government provided a welcome relief for hard-pressed families across the entirety …

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