• Economy

    The aviation sector contributes around £18 billion per annum of economic output to the UK economy.

  • Economy

    Goods worth £116 billion are shipped by air between the UK and non-EU countries, representing 35% of the UK’s extra-EU trade by value.

  • Tax

    The UK has the highest levels of tax on air passengers in the world, raising over £3 billion a year for the Government.

  • Environment

    Globally, aviation is responsible for about 1 to 2% of greenhouse gas emissions.

UK’s ‘sky high’ tax on flying bottom of world league table

UK’s ‘sky high’ tax on flying bottom of world league table

136 countries are more competitive than the UK when it comes to air ticket taxes and airport charges according to the World Economic Forum’s biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report published today. Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association, commented: “We knew UK Air Passenger Duty is sky high compared with our competitors in Europe. We know now that it is one of the least competitive taxes in the world. The next government should end this damaging tax on trade, tourism and families and abolish APD in the new Parliament.” Read more

Ready for take off – UK airlines launch manifesto for new Parliament

Ready for take off – UK airlines launch manifesto for new Parliament

BATA has published its manifesto ahead of the General Election in May. ‘Ready for take off: our priorities for the new Parliament’ sets out the vitally important economic and social contribution that UK airlines make to national life. Five key policy areas are identified where action is required in the next Parliament to create a more level playing field from which UK airlines can compete, grow and deliver more in the years ahead. Read more

View from the Chief Executive – Spring 2015

The UK has a long and proud aviation history and our airlines are amongst the best in the world. Whether travelling for business or leisure, passengers can fly to hundreds of destinations and have a choice of carriers. With intense competition, fares are low and service standards are high. Our modern way of life – from the delivery of letters and packages, to just in time manufacturing and even some of the food we eat – depends on dedicated air freight services and the transporting of goods in the holds of passenger aircraft. Read more