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01 December 2011 09:45
Jetting off to the sun is set to get more expensive after the Chancellor confirmed aviation tax will increase next April
Airline passengers face higher fares after the Chancellor confirmed a planned rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD) will go ahead next April.
EasyJet, British Airways parent company IAG, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair had lobbied George Osborne to axe the increase, which comes after substantial rises in the aviation tax in both 2007 and 2010
Holidaymakers face rises of around 10% on their air fare, according to the airlines.
Bosses at the four big airlines accused Mr Osborne of scoring "an own goal" in his bid to steer the British economy to recovery, saying that the APD rise will hit tourism and foreign investment and reduce career opportunities for youngsters.
The Airport Operators Association joined industry condemnation of the move, saying it is "bad for jobs, bad for growth and bad for passengers".
24 February 2017
Heathrow airport has issued delay and cancellation warnings, after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain.
23 February 2017
Bowel cancer could be cut by more than a third amid the development of a one-off screening test, new research suggests.
22 February 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people with a potentially fatal genetic blood condition have yet to be diagnosed with the condition, a charity is warning.
21 February 2017
New technology to provide detailed scans of patients could improve the recovery of people suffering with liver cancer, scientists have said.
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.