During the summer I wrote about the Government’s decision to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) by 8% and the number of constituents who had contacted me regarding the issue. I have received hundreds of e-mails from local people, demonstrating the strength of opposition to a tax that is now higher in the UK than anywhere else in the world.
Following the 8% rise at the last Budget, a family of four flying to Florida will now pay £260 in APD alone. I am extremely concerned that this tax is having an impact on people’s ability to fly abroad on their holidays. I am also concerned that it is having a damaging impact on jobs and growth because it acts as a disincentive for tourists to visit Britain.
As well as writing to the Treasury, I have also backed a parliamentary motion which calls on the Government to commission a comprehensive study into the full economic effects of aviation tax in the UK. I hope that the Treasury will soon start to take this issue seriously.
I would encourage as many people as possible to visit www.afairtaxonflying.org to make sure that your voice is heard.