Robbing the Poor to Give to the Rich?

By | Category: Travel rumblings

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has joined with lots of other parts of the travel industry calling on the government to stop the increase in air passenger duty (APD).
Greg Duffell, the President and CEO has called for a review as a matter of urgency. Adopting words that might have come from the mouth of the CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, he said that the chancellor was “…acting like a modern day Sheriff of Nottingham- imposing an ill conceived, unfair and unjustified burden…”
After the next tax rise it is those on long haul flights that will pay the greatest tax revenues, so those members of PATA and others who put together holidays to Asia and the Pacific regions will be hardest hit. In some cases the taxes will amount to hundreds per person.. And the taxes will all flow to the Treasury probably never to be seen by the tourism industry again.
The Netherlands has already removed their taxes in order to help support the travel industry. What PATA and it’s members fear is that we holidaymakers and travellers will not book through them but instead choose to go via a European airport like Amsterdam where it will be a lot cheaper. And they are right. We might.
So why don’t PATA members just rejig their holidays and travel so that we just pay the APD on the hop to Europe and then fly onwards from Amsterdam or Paris or Frankfurt somewhere where our chancellor won’t get his hands on more of our money?

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