New Tax about to Hit UK Air Travel

Air travel and outbound holidays from the UK could suffer.

Air travel and outbound holidays from the UK are likely to be discouraged when an increase in the Air Passenger Duty comes into force from November 1. Airline industry executives have sharply criticised the new tax on air travel as being another unnecessary blow at a sensitive time for the travel industry.

British Airways CEO Willie Walsh has described the new rates as “a disgrace”, while Virgin Atlantic says that as much as €300 could be added to the cost of a holiday for a family of four people, making it 33% more expensive than it was in 2009 – making such a holiday unaffordable for many British families. The cash-strapped British government is implementing radical reforms to the public sector in order to slash costs while raising taxes among those it thinks can afford it.

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