Airline CEOs unite against tax

IAG and Virgin unite with low-cost carriers

Airlines flying from the UK have responded immediately to the country’s statement that its passenger tax, or Air Passenger Duty, will remain in place. Legacy and low-cost carriers united as Willie Walsh from IAG, Michael O’Leary from Ryanair, Carolyn McCall from easyJet and Steve Ridgway from Virgin Atlantic jointly said: “The Government’s consultation on APD has been a sham and a waste of taxpayers’ money. We are left with a tax that has already cost 25,000 jobs, is doing increasing damage to the prospects for economic recovery – and sends a message to the world that Britain is a difficult and expensive place to do business.
“easyJet, IAG, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic call for this tax on passengers to be axed.”
Travel Bulletin
[British Airways A320; courtesy oneworld]