Quarter of travellers would use European airports to avoid APD

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Around 25 per cent of travellers would fly from an airport outside the UK to avoid air passenger duty (APD), a study from ABTA has found.

ABTA said the survey of around 2000 UK travellers highlights the “potential loss of business” from UK consumers to airports such as Amsterdam Schipol where there is no APD, or Frankfurt where the tax is much lower.

It also showed 36 per cent of people taking part in ABTA’s 2014 consumer survey said high flight taxes put them off flying and almost 40 per cent said they thought aviation taxation puts the UK economy at a disadvantage.

The study found that almost half of people surveyed said they agreed that ‘more airport capacity is needed’ – an increase from just over a third in 2013.

Some 35 per cent of people agreed that ‘the UK economy will suffer if capacity is not increased’ – with just 18 per cent saying they disagreed.

ABTA is calling for the government to “act urgently” and increase airport capacity, reduce APD and invest in infrastructure across all transport modes.

ABTA’s head of public affairs, Stephen D’Alfonso, said: “Reducing APD and increasing airport capacity are two key policies that would enhance UK competitiveness, which in turn will deliver jobs and economic growth.

“As the three main parties draft their respective manifestos in search of precisely this – jobs and growth – ABTA will be reminding politicians that not only will these long-standing industry calls deliver, but that these changes broadly carry the support of millions of voters who will make their way to the polls in a little under eight months’ time,” he added.

Sourced from buyingbusinesstravel

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