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BATA response to further delay on decision about airport capacity

“Before the referendum last week the Government was gearing up to set out where it stood on airport expansion, probably in a matter of weeks. We see no reason why this still should not take place. The Airports Commission was unanimous that we do need to see additional capacity in the South East if we are to maintain our position as an international aviation hub. Nothing that has happened in the past week has altered that fact.”

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Airlines urge clarity on UK remaining a member of European single aviation market

Responding to the result of yesterday’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), which represents UK registered airlines, said: “We fully respect the will of the British public as expressed in the result of the referendum to leave the EU. The Government must now urgently confirm that the UK will seek to remain a member of the European single aviation market once we leave the EU. We also call on the Government to prioritise all aviation-related negotiations, agreements and decisions during the EU withdrawal process. Given our status as an island trading nation, and with excellent international air links and travel now being even more vital for our future prosperity and economic growth, the environment for aviation post-Brexit must be clarified as soon as possible.”

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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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