Posts Tagged ‘ APD ’

Saturday snippets: 22nd March 2014

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
the pyramids of Egypt

Adrian hears both critiscism and praise from readers about recent holidays, wonders why only 8 people travel by train to Durham Tees Valley Airport and prepares for English Tourism Week.

The Caribbean wins; most of us don’t

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Today I eat humble pie. Or at least a slice. I couldn’t see that the budget would contain changes to Air Passenger Duty (APD) but it has. And, on the face of it, they are quite substantial too. Or are they?

What’s hot: December 2013

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Barbados and British Airways are in the headlines for all the right reasons but it’s bad news for residents of Stoke on Trent and Red Sea hoteliers

The importance of you and I

Oct 16th, 2013 | By

Last year we spent £57 billion on holidaying at home and on day-trips. Put it another way. 44% of all tourism receipts in the UK are due to us getting out and enjoying our own countries.

Does the government know?

Jun 29th, 2013 | By

On Thursday, in the House of Lords, Lord Harrison asked the government if they have any plans to reform APD – Air Passenger Duty – that tax that we get charged every time we fly.
It was the answer that I found illuminating.

Learning about APD

May 22nd, 2013 | By

Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a tax that sends the travel industry into vehiment outpourings of anger as they think it is deterring us from travelling and putting off visitors from coming here.

Competitiveness report shows UK world’s worst for flight taxes

Mar 16th, 2013 | By

UK the worst for air taxes

Remove APD to stimulate economic growth

Mar 7th, 2013 | By

The battery of invective directed at the government over the high rate in taxes that air passengers pay has continued today with a statement from leading British airlines. Our tax is the 139th highest in the world.

What’s hot: January 2013

Dec 30th, 2012 | By

CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Peckham and Virginia are making waves, but there’s criticism for cruise ships and the Chancellor’s increase of APD

Will the half-term break cost less?

Oct 16th, 2012 | By

Research from M&S Bank suggests that holidays abroad this coming half-term will be cheaper than last year. Before you jump up and down for joy, the bank says that this is primarily due to exchange rates.

Being imaginative to reduce border entry queues

May 2nd, 2012 | By

As I said yesterday, in all the discussions about the delays in border entry queues at airports very little has been suggested as a way of resolving the problem. The announcement yesterday of eighty more staff is not a solution merely a sticking plaster. As passenger numbers grow, an alternative method of screening and checking passengers is needed.

The claptrap of Damian Green

May 1st, 2012 | By

In the last couple of weeks or so, the spotlight has turned on the lengthening queues at passport control as you re-enter the UK. In particular it seems to have taken much longer at Heathrow and Gatwick. Indignation, whipped up in particular by The Daily Telegraph, has led to some MP’s saying that “something must be done.”

Putting air fares in perspective

Mar 20th, 2012 | By

I’ve just booked a return trip to California. The cost? £162. Yes, I kid you not, that is the price of an airline ticket on British Airways. Except that it’s not. The ticket might be that price but all the other extras and taxes and surcharges bring it up to £541.89.

Ryanair to raise its bag fees in 2012

Dec 12th, 2011 | By

Passengers planning to fly with budget airline Ryanair in summer 2012 will need to travel light. Michael O’Leary’s no frills airline has revealed that it will be increasing its online baggage fees by 25 percent

A sham and a waste of money

Dec 6th, 2011 | By

When the increased charges come in on April Fools’ Day (what better day could the government choose?) you will pay £13 each way to fly, for example, from a London airport to a Scottish one. I can go by train or coach cheaper than the tax let alone the fare if I pick the times carefully!

Families face more expensive holidays

Dec 4th, 2011 | By

It’s official: the Chancellor announced last week that the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD) increase, will go ahead after all, despite big rises in APD in 2007 and 2010.

It’s the Willie and Mikey show!

Nov 17th, 2011 | By

I thought I was dreaming a minute ago. On BBC’s Breakfast, Michael O’Leary from Ryanair and Willie Walsh of the holding company that owns British Airways and Iberia were standing side-by-side having a go at the government about APD.

APD drops in Northern Ireland

Oct 1st, 2011 | By

What are we to make of the government decision to reduce APD for transatlantic flights out of the province from £60 to £12? The government says it is answer a particular case whereby residents of Northern Ireland can travel to Dublin and only pay €3 instead of £60.

Refunding APD

Aug 10th, 2011 | By

Air Passenger Duty was introduced in 1994. On every airline ticket purchased it is payable and it is the duty of the airline to pass this tax onto the government when the passenger flies. But what happens if the passenger doesn’t fly?

Not The Sunday Express Holiday News

Jul 17th, 2011 | By

What is the role of the newspaper? To present news would be the obvious answer. Which I suppose means news which is as up-to-date as it can be. So hats off to the Sunday Express which this morning manages to use, as its only story on its front page, a story that is over a year old

Northern Ireland and the USA

Jul 8th, 2011 | By

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has suggested that air passenger duty (APD) on all flights from Northern Ireland should be abolished.
To counter the threat the tax poses to the economy of the province. But we all face this tax wherever we live in the UK. What’s so special about Northern Ireland?

Regional Air Passenger Taxation

Jun 19th, 2011 | By

This daft idea was put up fourteen regional airports in the UK to the APD consultation process. They have jointly signed a submission saying that replacing APD with tax on the busiest airports would stimulate the regions.

Where Forward for APD?

Jun 19th, 2011 | By

Last Friday saw the end of the consultation period for APD, Air Passenger Duty. Airlines, airports, industry boffins have all put in their two pennyworth so is there any consensus?

Crying Wolf?

Jun 6th, 2011 | By

IATA, the international body that airlines belong to has decided that their members are having a hard time of it this year so has cut in half the amount of profits that airlines will make this year to $4 billion. Bad weather, fuel prices, the unrest in the Middle East, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami are all blamed. But is this a case of IATA shouting wolf? And should we care?

easyJet, the Caribbean and APD

May 22nd, 2011 | By

Last week, Baroness Benjamin introduced a debate in the House of Lords about APD- Air Passenger Duty. Lady Benjamin, better known as Floella to most people, was concerned not so much by the tax itself but the inequity with which it is applied. There seemed complicit acceptance that it would remain despite the fact there is a chance we could be taxed twice as, next year, the EU carbon offsetting comes in as well. The inequity which most Caribbean countries have highlighted to the British
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What’s hot: April

Apr 1st, 2011 | By

CD Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Hong Kong hits new heights with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong while London looks to welcome an influx of passengers ahead of the Royal Wedding on April 29

Quick Budget Thoughts

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By

Today’s budget announcement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer. George Osborne, has a number of items that will impact on holidaymakers and travellers. Here is a quick summary of what CD-Traveller has spotted so far.

Air Passenger Duty

Mar 13th, 2011 | By

With the budget less than a fortnight away the travel trade is boosting its attack on how high APD is and how damaging it could be for jobs and the economy if it stays at its high level. They have been boosted in that one of the few countries in Western Europe to retain such a tax has got rid of it. Ireland has removed it because it was seeing reduced tourism coming into Ireland and fewer air passengers both of which meant the tax was not raising net money but costing the economy instead. Will George Osborne, the Chancellor, take heed?