APD disadvantaging UK businesses, say most MPs in survey

Published Date: 17/12/2013 17:11:01

Some 52 per cent of the MPs who took part in recent ABTA research think Air Passenger Duty (APD) is disadvantaging UK businesses, it seems.

This proportion think APD is damaging the UK's position as a hub for worldwide air travel, too.

The Autumn Statement recently gave confirmation that the tax would go up again this coming spring, rising in line with inflation.

In the poll of 157 MPs, Conservatives were the most likely to think the tax was putting businesses in the UK at a disadvantage - 60 per cent were in this position. That compares to 56 per cent in a similar survey from the previous year.

Meanwhile, consumer research from ABTA has suggested that 41 per cent of consumers think the UK's economy is disadvantaged by the tax.

"It’s very disappointing that the chancellor has once again chosen not to conduct a proper review of APD. It’s clear that there is strong support for a review both from within government and from the public, as well as evidence from Europe that the tax is damaging," claimed ABTA chief executive, Mark Tanzer.

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