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Abta call for lowering of aviation tax

ABTA is asking Chancellor Alistair Darling not to increase taxes on aviation in Monday’s Budget report.

ABTA has written to the Chancellor calling on the government to lessen the financial impact on airlines and holidaymakers by not hiking aviation tax.

Air Passenger Duty currently raises over £2 billion a year, yet the details of a replacement Aviation Duty scheme have yet to emerge.

The travel busines and UK holiday makers are already struggling with the effects of the credit crunch and with high fuel prices any increase in aviation taxation could severely damage the travel industry, ABTA warned.

Recent attempts to introduce an aviation tax in Belgium were rejected following a consumer campaign; Sweden and Denmark have done the same, according to the association.

The Aviation industry has already addressed its environmental impact by joining the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme, which comes into force in 2012, as well as supporting carbon offsetting schemes.

Travel news today Said “The government must resist the temptation to increase the tax burden on holidaymakers.

“This will handicap the industry and jeopardise families’ chances of their much-needed break in the sun.

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