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UK airlines urge political parties in Holyrood to support Air Passenger Duty reduction

The British Air Transport Association (BATA), the trade body that represents UK-registered airlines, has urged political parties in Scotland to support the reduction of Air Passenger Duty (APD) by 50%. A consultation on plans by the Scottish Government to halve the tax, starting in April 2018, comes to an end next week (3 June), and UK carriers are calling for political parties in Holyrood to support the reduction when a vote ultimately comes before the Scottish Parliament.

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Significant step towards the abolition of Air Passenger Duty in Scotland

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s consultation on a Scottish replacement to Air Passenger Duty, BATA Chief Executive Nathan Stower said: “This is a significant step towards the abolition of Air Passenger Duty in Scotland. The Scottish Government recognises that UK APD is holding their economy back. Reducing the tax by 50% as a first step would make a big difference to businesses and families. We urge that the reduction be implemented in full in 2018 to maximise the impact and benefits of the change.”

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Flying High? How Competitive is Air Passenger Duty?

With just over a week to go before the Budget on 16 March, a new analysis of the UK’s tax on flying has been published. The detailed report, produced by Steer Davies Gleave and entitled ‘Flying High? How Competitive is Air Passenger Duty?’, assesses and benchmarks the UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) against similar taxes in Europe and the rest of the world.

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Statement on disruptive passenger incidents

The vast majority of passengers reach their destination having had a safe and enjoyable journey. While disruptive behaviour remains rare, incidents can have a big impact – on fellow passengers, on employees, and on the disruptive passengers themselves. The results can be nuisance and annoyance at one end of the scale, to threats to passenger, crew and aircraft safety at the other.

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BATA statement on incidents involving lasers

“The safety of passengers and crew is the number one priority for our member airlines and they take incidents involving lasers very seriously. Incidents are reported to the police to investigate and take appropriate action, as well as to the CAA, the regulator of UK aviation. People who buy and use these powerful lasers need to understand that it is a criminal offence to direct or shine a light at any aircraft to dazzle or distract a pilot and such action carries a maximum fine of £2,500. If a person is found to recklessly or negligently endanger an aircraft this can result in a prison sentence of up to five years.”

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UK tax on flying cost passengers over £3.1 billion last year

Speaking ahead of this evening’s gathering of the UK airline industry at the British Air Transport Association Annual Dinner, Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of BATA said: “New official figures from HMRC clearly show much how Air Passenger Duty has increased since it was first introduced. This UK tax on flying cost the public over £3.1 billion in 2015 – up from £331 million in 1995 and £892 million in 2005.That is a staggering increase of 250% in the last 10 years and over 840% since the first full year of its operation. Even allowing for growth in passenger numbers over the same period, this is still a huge burden on UK businesses, the travelling public, and UK aviation.”

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BATA responds to Government statement on airport expansion in the South East

Responding to the Government statement on airport expansion in the South East, Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association, which represents UK registered airlines, said:

“We understand the need for a robust assessment of the Airports Commission’s final report, but it is extremely disappointing that the Government has failed to make a decision today. The UK cannot continue to put off this difficult but vital decision while our international competitors forge ahead.”

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