UK Facing Major Backlash on APD

September 25, 2017 Taxation in UK

Emirates APDLONDON – International airlines are gearing up to fight the UK government over its excessive taxation of international flights.

Over the last week, two international airlines joined a campaign calling for the government of the UK to drop its Air Passenger Duty, or to at least cut the rate.

Currently, any passenger flying out of the UK or the Isle of Man is required to pay an Air Passenger Duty at a rate of GBP for economy seats, and GBP 26 for all other classes.

The rate applies to flights of less than 2 000 miles, with longer flights, or flights on private jets, being set at GBP 75 for less than 2 000 miles, and GBP 150 for over 2 000 miles.

The rates are expected to rise in November this year to approximately GBP 78 and GBP 156 for the longer flights.

The campaign to either cut the rate of the taxes or, at least, stop the further increases is being led by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK.

Last week the American Airlines and Emirates both joined the campaign to pressure the government into reducing the taxes on international travel out of the UK.

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