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Stansted Welcomes Air Passenger Duty Survey

22 Oct 2012

Four out of five people want Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be cut or frozen according to a survey conducted by ComRes on behalf the Airport Operators Association (AOA).

Of more than 2,000 people surveyed, 82 per cent believe that APD rates should be fixed or reduced in Chancellor George Osborne’s forthcoming Autumn Statement.

Chris Wiggan, Stansted Airport’s Head of Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, said:

"It is excellent news that the survey by the AOA highlights such strong support for reductions in APD.  Britain has the highest aviation tax in the world with rates some 8.5 times the average of other countries in Europe. We are losing business to our continental rivals and it is having a damaging effect on the UK economy. Only recently the British Chamber of Commerce found that APD could cost the economy a staggering £10 billion in lost growth and up to 250,000 fewer jobs over the next 20 years."

Stansted Airport is just one of the leading names in the UK travel industry backing ‘A Fair Tax On Flying’ campaign, calling on Government to cut APD. APD is a charge levied on all passengers departing UK airports and since its introduction in 1994 the UK is now the most expensive country in the World, currently charging £13 per passenger on short-haul flights and between £65 and £92 on long-haul connections. The average lowest rate from a European country where aviation tax is levied is approximately £4.50.

To find out more visit www.afairtaxonflying.org