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Flights hit again with 10% ADP rise

 

The government has confirmed that there will be 10% rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD) in April 2012, which has been described by ABTA as “eye watering”.

The airline industry has also reacted quickly and highlighted that “APD has no international parallel and has already cost 25,000 jobs.”

“A damaging tax grab” is how The Airport Operators Association (AOA) denounced the increase and the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) called it “devastating for the travel industry”.

The Chancellor confirmed the 2012 APD rise in his Autumn 2011statement, but many were surprised that the increase was twice that of inflation. Airline chief executives said “We have no doubt this would confirm APD's negative impact outweighs its revenue benefit for the Treasury,” they said. “This tax must be abolished.”
 
AOA chief executive Darren Caplan said: “The tax take from APD will soar. The Treasury should listen to the ‘Fair Tax on Flying’ alliance and re-think its plans.” A Fair Tax on Flying is backed by airlines, tour operators, destinations and associations including ABTA.
 
New research adds weight to the comments made by the airline industry as it has been revealed that holiday habits are set to significantly shift towards British breaks in 2012. The research findings from Blue Chip Holidays highlights public concerns about the cost of holidaying abroad, the hikes in next April's Air Passenger Duty (APD), will have significant impact on overseas holidays and may bring a boom to domestic breaks. 
 
whichholiday.tv will be producing a series of features on UK based holidays in the next few months to see if demand has increased. We will also be taking an in depth look on the capital as it plays host to The London 2012 Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. 
 
Will this affect your plans for holidaying abroad? Will you be staying in the UK in 2012? we would love to hear your comments. 

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