Holiday Brits get departure tax boost
Travellers flying to some long-haul destinations are set to see their travel money stretch further thanks to Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that airport departure tax is to be overhauled.
Mr Osborne said the two highest bands of the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be scrapped, meaning those flying to foreign destinations such as Australia, south-east Asia and the Caribbean will only pay as much as they do now when travelling to the US.
The Chancellor said the current system was “crazy and unjust” as it left Britons on eight-hour flights to the Caribbean paying more tax than those on an 11-hour flight to the west coast of the US.
Dale Keller, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK, said Mr Osborne’s announcement was a “step in the right direction” and an acknowledgement that high rates of aviation tax were putting a brake on the country’s economic growth.
But he said the organisation, which represents 75 UK carriers, would continue urging the Government reduce APD further and “deliver the fair and proportionate aviation tax that the UK deserves”.