ABTA is calling for reform of the of existing APD air passenger duty to be replaced with a PPD per plane duty, which will also include transit passengers – plus The existing APD is not used to fund environmental or infrastructure benefits, and there is no guarantee that a flight-based tax would.”
EasyJet chief executive Andy Harrison welcomed the end of the current scheme. He said: “A tax that forces families to subsidise private jets, cargo planes and 20 million foreign transfer passengers per year is way past its sell-by date.
The Govenment would extend its PPD aviation tax to air freight, not currently covered under APD, as well as introducing a “higher rate” of PPD on short-haul domestic flights when a “realistic alternative and less polluting travel is available”.
“From an environmental perspective APD gives a perverse incentive – full planes pay the highest tax whilst empty ones pay no tax at all. We need to make air tax greener and fairer now. It should be reformed from a poll tax into a flight tax that taxes emissions, not families.”
Abta is calling for its members, representatives of the travel industry, holidaymakers and business travellers to write to their MPs to voice concern that the government will drastically increase taxes on long-haul flights later this year.
The new government has outlined plans to reform Air Passenger Duty [APD] and replace it with a per-plane duty [PPD].