BACA calls for changes in Air Passenger Duty

Terry Spruce
By Terry Spruce November 1, 2018 13:56

BACA calls for changes in Air Passenger Duty

On Monday, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered a budget that was hailed as the “end of austerity”. ¬†However, for airlines there was no such end in sight. With UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) currently the world’s highest aviation tax the Chancellor announced a freeze on levies on short-haul flights, but an increase in levies on long-haul flights, in line with inflation.

BACA – The Air Charter Association advises that this is a regrettable decision and urges that UK Air Passenger Duty should be drastically reduced rather than increased. With Brexit a matter of months away it is important that passengers flying to and from the UK can do so at competitive rates, rather than finding that up to 25% of their air fare consists of APD. Following the budget a number of airlines’ CEOs have called for APD to be scrapped or cut. BACA agrees with their stance and supports them wholeheartedly.

BACA Chairman Richard Mumford comments: “In a time of political and regulatory uncertainty the UK’s aviation industry needs to have confidence that the government understands and has their best interests at heart.¬† APD already impacts the ability of our aviation industry to compete in a global market, and by increasing long haul APD in the budget, the Chancellor has shown complete disregard for the government’s stated aim of Brexit-namely to open the UK up to the world for trade.”

Terry Spruce
By Terry Spruce November 1, 2018 13:56

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