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Call for cut in air passenger tax

25 October 2012 09:22

A survey has found that the public want lower airport taxes

A survey has found that the public want lower airport taxes

Most members of the public want the Air Passenger Duty (APD) airport departure tax to be reduced or frozen. Amid the tough economic times when every penny counts, they are looking at ways to help reduce the cost of a holiday abroad.

While it is possible to search the internet for the best deal on travel insurance to provide peace of mind while abroad, holidaymakers can struggle to find ways to reduce the cost of a sunshine break due to the taxes added to the final bill. As many as 82% would appreciate it if the Chancellor announced a cut, the poll by the Airport Operators Association (AOA) found.

Meanwhile, a separate AOA survey of airlines found demands for Government action to help the industry thrive. Three-quarters said they need support to help deliver the growth and jobs agenda that ministers believe will help boost the economy.