Air Passenger Duty

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04 Oct 2012

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 to make sure that your voice is heard.