Posts Tagged ‘ Air Passenger Duty ’

Air Departure Tax: Who Benefits?

Jun 21st, 2017 | By

Yet again we have a report that rehashes old ideas, presents few new ones preferring to rely on hoary old arguments instead.

Saturday snippets: 19th November 2016

Nov 19th, 2016 | By
overhead view of Thorne Island

A listed fort, toilets, supersonic flights, high-speed rail between Singapore and Malaysia, APD and Christmas Markets are on Adrian’s radar screen this week.

What’s hot: April 2016

Apr 2nd, 2016 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot in the travel world right now

Children under 12 won’t pay APD

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

If the Daily Express is to be believed, Air Passenger Duty (APD) will not be paid on children under 12 when they travel. Can we believe this?

APD and a sense of the truth

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

The debate in the Scottish Parliament about APD did no-one proud since each party member peddled just the “facts” that suited their party line. But then what made me every believe that I should see fair-mindedness and an understanding of the case from politicians.

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?

Saturday snippets – 26 October 2013

Oct 26th, 2013 | By

Another selection of stories about travel from the week just ending that includes rail, flights and another discovery in a car park.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

Fairness & Air Passenger Duty

Nov 9th, 2010 | By

Zohair Garramah is the Minister of Tourism for Egypt. He is also one of the few – come to think of it probably the only minister I have come across – who has tourism experience because he used to be a hotelier. Consequently when he speaks, he speaks with a little more experience than the usual politician. In London yesterday he criticised the doubling of our Air Passenger Duty (APD) earlier in the month.
His criticism was not against the tax in general.

Now, Austria

Oct 27th, 2010 | By

Don’t countries want us to visit them? Have many got a tourism death wish that they cannot understand?
Austria has decided to follow Germany and introduce an eco- tax from January 2011 on passengers leaving from its airports. Just in time for the skiing season, the time when the largest number of visitors will be expected. They will charge €8 to fly to a European destination and €40 elsewhere. And how much will this tax bring them? Estimates vary from between €50-€70 million per year. And how much will they lose as visitors decide to go elsewhere