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Government Urged to Axe Air Passenger Duty for Children

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Air Passenger Duty for families

Chancellor George Osborne and the UK Government have been called upon by travel industry leaders to drop air tax for children in the 2014 Autumn Statement, due on 3 December.

According to bmi regional CEO Cathal O'Connell, 'APD in the UK is the highest in the world and a real blow to business as it makes us less competitive. Getting rid of APD for children would be a big step towards helping UK families afford a foreign holiday, but scrapping APD across the board would be a real shot in the arm for the whole economy in the longer term.’

O'Connell was backed up Broadway Travel's Product & Marketing Director Jason Waldron, who explained, ‘In just 20 years, APD on a long-haul holiday has soared from £40 to £388 for a family of four. On top of that, children aged 2 years or older are taxed at the same rate as adults. We think parents deserve to have a great holiday with their children without being hit by unfair APD.’

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