Tax on air travel will hit British holidaymakers

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Leading airline bosses have slammed the Government’s continued support of Air Passenger Duty, saying that holidaymakers will be the ones who end up paying.

Bosses of some of the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet and Virgin Atlantic, have branded Air Passenger Duty (APD) a “self defeating tax”.

APD is set to rise to double the rate of inflation in April, making foreign travel even more expensive for British holidaymakers.

The will not only affect those booking holidays after April, a retrospective charge will also be levied against those who have already booked a trip.

Airline bosses have claimed that APD is a pointless tax, given that all airlines have entered the EU’s Emissions Trading System – an initiative designed to curb the level of harmful CO2 emissions that airlines can generate.

The Emissions Trading System will also put up the price of airline tickets, making a holiday abroad yet more expensive.

Research by domestic holiday company Blue Chip Holidays found that 67% are more likely to take a domestic holiday as a result of increases to APD.

Carolyn McCall from easyJet, Willie Walsh from IAG, Michael O'Leary from Ryanair and Steve Ridgway from Virgin Atlantic have released a collective statement, saying that APD brings no benefit to the environment.

They said: “The reality is that no APD revenue has ever been spent on environmental benefit. In contrast, ETS means that all future growth in European aviation will be carbon-neutral, and provides an incentive for further reductions in emissions.”

Many Brits are cutting the cost of their holiday by purchasing a travel money card, in order to save money on foreign ATM withdrawals and avoid bank charges.

There are a range of travel money cards available on the market, including the Phones4U Escape Travel Money Card.

The Escape Travel Money Card can be used free of charge at over 32 million MasterCard accepted locations around the world, bypassing expensive bank charges.


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