UK airlines united in condemnation of APD

Victoria
By Victoria March 20, 2013 14:10

UK airlines united in condemnation of APD

UK airlines CEOs have united in condemning the UK government for refusing to reconsider rises in Air Passenger Duty (APD). Willie Walsh, head of British Airways’ parent IAG, joined easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary and Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger in a statement saying the government’s policy “beggars belief”.
Their joint statement said: “We are very disappointed the government’s tax on flying, already the highest in the world, will increase yet again this year and next.
“These rises in APD show the emptiness of rhetoric on boosting exports to emerging economies and building the most competitive tax system in the world.

“Increasing this alarmingly uncompetitive tax on business, trade, and inbound tourism beggars belief when the evidence clearly suggests that abolition would deliver growth, create 60,000 jobs and pay for itself through higher receipts from other taxes.”

Victoria
By Victoria March 20, 2013 14:10
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