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Flybe reveals regional passengers pay double in tax


Regional airline Flybe is claiming domestic UK passengers are being forced to pay twice for departure tax, and therefore have double the reason to object to APD.

Highlighting the 160% rise in tax that has been implemented since 2007, Flybe revealed domestic passengers are paying £13 tax on both legs of their journey, adding an additional £26 to the cost of their return ticket.

Flybe reports that thousands of its passengers alone have already responded to the Fair Tax on Flying campaign that, spearheaded by a 30-strong alliance of airlines, airports and tour operators has resulted in over 100,000 e-mails flooding into MP offices demanding a Treasury review into why passengers departing from UK airports continue to pay the highest levels of tax in Europe.

Niall Duffy, Flybe’s Head of PR and Public Affairs comments: “We would like to thank the thousands of our passengers who have supported the Fair Deal on Tax campaign to date. Air Passenger Duty is a barrier to economic growth.

“Flybe supports any reform of APD that deals with the inherent unfairness that means UK domestic passengers pay the tax on both legs of their journey, while those flying abroad pay just once because APD is a departure tax from a UK airport.

“So, for example, a return passenger travelling between Exeter and Manchester Airport (188 miles) pays double the tax that someone flying between Glasgow Airport and Dalaman International Airport in Eastern Turkey does (4,086 miles). That is not just inequitable – it is scandalous. Flybe still believes that this ‘double hit’ must be addressed in order to safeguard UK domestic aviation and UK regional economic competitiveness.”

He adds: “The economic development of any region is dependent upon the access and communications into and out of that region. Any reform of taxation must take into account the needs of the UK region. The Government must strive to protect communities and businesses where flying is a necessity, not a luxury.”

Flybe operates more domestic flights than any other airline in the UK and its services help drive the economies of the UK regions, especially important during this time of continued recession.

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Thomas Cook to cover Air Passenger Duty for long-haul customers


Compare Car HireThomas Cook has confirmed it will pay Air Passenger Duty for customers on long-haul holidays in an attempt to kick-start winter sales.

As it struggles to rebalance financially, Thomas Cook will pay up to £83 per passenger to cover departure taxes from UK airports between November this year and October 2013.

Bookings must be made between August 24th and September 13th.

A Thomas Cook spokesperson said: ‘We are committed to offering our customers the very best value for money and strenuously voice our disappointment to the Government about the increases to flight tax.

Car Hire Excess Insurance“Our offer just highlights the extortionate amount holidaymakers have to pay whilst hopefully making long haul getaways more accessible whether heading off for some winter sun or planning the family trip for next year.

The Government has steadfastly refused to listen to any of the arguments that the travel industry has presented on this tax and it is a great shame that at a time when they could – and should – be doing all they can to lessen the strain on hard working families, they are yet again making the consumer pay.”

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Posted by on 15/08/2012 in Airlines

 

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