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MPs Form New All Party Parliamentary Group to cut UK Air Passenger Duty - A Fair Tax On Flying
MPs Form New All Party Parliamentary Group to cut UK Air Passenger Duty

MPs from across the political spectrum have come together to form a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Air Passenger Duty (APD) Reform with the purpose of encouraging the UK Government ‘to cut the UK’s Air Passenger Duty rate, thereby allowing the UK to compete on a level playing field with our European counterparts, boosting tourism, trade, jobs and growth.’

UK APD is a per passenger tax levied on all flights departing from airports in the United Kingdom. The UK APD rate is the highest tax of its kind in the world. It is more than double the tax of our largest European trading rival, Germany. On long haul, it currently adds £78 to an economy ticket and £156 to a business class ticket.

The formation of the Group comes after the Chancellor’s decision in the Budget to further increase the long-haul air passenger duty rate in line with inflation. This increase will follow a hike of £16 to economy premium and above to long-haul destinations scheduled for 1 April 2019.

Chair of the new group, Henry Smith MP who has Gatwick Airport located in his constituency, said: “I am grateful to have been elected chair of the APPG for Air Passenger Duty Reform. As the UK leaves the European Union and looks to forge a new identity for ourselves in the world as a global nation, it is critical we have a tax system that reflects that ambition. A significant reduction in the UK’s APD rate would signal to the world that the UK is open for business.”

A spokesperson for the A Fair Tax on Flying Campaign said, “This marks an important next step in the campaign to reduce APD. A cut in APD is long overdue and many MPs across parliament recognise that reducing APD would significantly boost the connectivity of UK airports and dramatically improve the competitiveness of UK airline routes relative to European alternatives, while at the same time tackling this additional tax burden on holidaymakers and business travellers. “

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