Airlines call on British authorities to abolish Air Passenger Duty
Carriers says they can help “drag Britain out of recession” if Chancellor scraps controversial tax
UK-based airlines have launched a renewed attack on air passenger duty (APD). \n(All images courtesy of Getty Images) APD was introduced in 1994 and since January 2007 has increased by up to 260 percent for short-haul flights and up to 360 perfect for long-haul flights. British airlines have claimed the UK economy would be boosted by £16bn a year if the tax was scrapped. The report - commissioned by British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic - claims the abolition of the tax would create almost 60,000 extra jobs. The boost to GDP would come from three main sources; extra investment by airlines; more tourist visits to the UK; and a boost for domestic businesses from more business travel.