Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
06 July 2012 09:44
Lobbyists are campaigning to reduce Air Passenger Duty (APD) airport departure tax
Hundreds of emails have been sent to members of Parliament over the past 14 days in protest of the increased Air Passenger Duty (APD) airport departure tax.
Voters sent over 10,000 emails based on an online template from campaign group A Fair Tax on Flying, demanding cuts to APD, which jumped by an estimated 8% two months ago.
The organisation is also urging politicians to support a parliamentary motion that illustrates the financial effect of APD on regular households and "their ability to fly". Other travelling costs that holidaymakers incur include
travel insurance and holiday cash. So far, 44 MPs from across different parties have backed the motion.
Graham Brady MP, chairman of the Conservative Party's backbench 1922 Committee, is supporting the campaign. He said: "The UK already has the highest air passenger taxes anywhere in the world and this is harming our competitiveness as a nation as well as adding unreasonably to the cost of living for millions of people."
Simon Walker, director general at Institute of Directors, said: "The UK's air passenger taxes are now the highest in the world, which harms our economy in numerous ways. All the hard work to build up tourism and inward investment is undermined by this unfair tax."
Caption: Lobbyists are campaigning to reduce Air Passenger Duty (APD) airport departure tax
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.