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PM Reported to Favour Axeing APD for Children

Monday 24 November 2014

Campaign to scrap air tax for children

The 'Scrap The Tax On Family Flights' campaign, launched today by the Fair Tax on Flying lobby group, has received a boost from David Cameron’s alleged support for the plan to axe Air Passenger Duty on air tickets for under-12s.

According to The Sunday Express, the British prime minister recently told Tory MPs: 'I really like this one. I have three children under 10 myself.'

A poll by ComRes revealed that 65% of respondents believe that government should exempt under-12s from APD and 75% feel it's unfair that British families pay a flight tax. Only four other European countries charge a levy comparable with the UK’s; the Netherlands, Denmark and Republic of Ireland have abolished their departure taxes.

The campaign has backing from 30+ partners working in aviation, travel and tourism and from many MPs. Says Richard Singer, European MD of Travelzoo: ‘A removal of tax on all flights for children under the age of 12 is in keeping with our aim to fight what we call the Parent Trap – the combined effect of the government fines for term-time holidays, the highest flight tax in the world and the increase in price of travel during peak dates.’

If APD was axed, a family with two young children would stand to save up to £340 on return flights to Florida, it has been claimed.

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