Airlines have joined airports and tour operators to ask the UK chancellor not to raise contentious air passenger taxes in this month’s Budget. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, as well as Heathrow and Gatwick airports, were among 25 companies to fight air passenger duty charges that have risen three times in three years and left the UK with the highest flight taxes in Europe. “We recognise the exceptional difficulty of the country’s fiscal position and we are content to pay our fair share. But the UK airline industry is already the most heavily taxed in the world and any further

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