The Chancellor announced in the Budget 2018 that air passenger duty will be frozen for short-haul flights and increase for long haul air travel.
Responding to the announcement, Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:
“While we recognise that the Chancellor’s freeze on short-haul air passenger duty will come as some relief to the industry, another inflationary increase for long-haul will further reduce the UK’s international competitiveness, particularly at a time when Brexit means the UK should be seeking to establish new links with destinations across the world.
“We urge the Chancellor to commission detailed economic modelling, and to consider cutting APD, at the earliest opportunity, to boost the UK economy.”
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