The Budget and you

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There wasn’t a lot in the budget about travelling or holidays. More was left unsaid. For example there was absolutely nothing about any postponement or cancellation of the increase in APD that is due to come into effect in April.
So if you are booking a flight that starts in April or after then expect an increase in the taxation element of your ticket. For example a flight to the US incurs a tax of £65 instead of the current £60. A domestic flight in the UK (or to Ireland and most of Europe) is going to be taxed at £13.
Much more was said about electrifying railway lines on the trans- pennine route as well as lines running out of Manchester.
But the item that has attracted most attention related to the Chancellor’s comments (following on from those uttered by David Cameron earlier in the week) that something had to be done about airport capacity in the south east of England. Pundits like ITV’s Laura Kuenssberg and an ardent Tweeter wondered whether this meant a u-turn on Heathrow expansion and Glen Oglaza from Sky thought it might mean a new airport. Needless to say the airline/aircraft lobby thought this of great interest.
Let me be the one to suggest – again following on something the PM said – that Gatwick might be up for expansion. The legal issues end before the decade is out and the new management has been praised by the PM. But is all this pie-in-the-sky given political will and untold consumer NIMBY pressure? What’s the betting on Boris-on-Thames Airport instead?

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