Excessive taxes on holidays are an unwelcome burden this Summer

July 11, 2011 1:23 PM

Today the aviation industry has launched a campaign entitled "Hands off our Holiday, Mr Taxman".  Aviation taxes have risen sharply over the years, particularly when they were doubled in 2007, and Britain now has incredibly high rates compared to other European countries.  That is an unwelcome burden on families looking to get away this Summer.  They need your help to make politicians listen and cut the tax back.

Air Passenger Duty is excessive.  The Department for Transport looked at the tax in their Aviation emissions cost assessment 2008.  They found that after the increase in 2007, "aviation would cover its climate change costs with an excess of some £0.1 billion".  Since then people have cut back on flights in the recession but Air Passenger Duty revenues have risen to over £2 billion.

From the start of next year things get even worse.  Aviation will be included in the European Union Emissions Trading System.  That will add more to the cost of a flight and should be an alternative way of making people pay the environmental costs of a flight, not an additional stealth tax making the burden even more excessive.

None of this is a good idea in a competitive market.  If people start to transfer via a European competitor like Schiphol then that will mean flights from London that are longer, less frequent and more expensive.  More than that, it is a tough deal for families who are hit with excessive taxes not just when they're working hard but also when they try to get away from it all.

If you would like to help, the campaign has set up a system for you to write to your MP.  Click here and help to put the pressure on.  Please add your own comment, as well as the standard script, if you have anything to add as it will really increase the impact.Today the aviation industry has launched a campaign entitled "Hands off our Holiday, Mr Taxman".  Aviation taxes have risen sharply over the years, particularly when they were doubled in 2007, and Britain now has incredibly high rates compared to other European countries.  That is an unwelcome burden on families looking to get away this Summer.  They need your help to make politicians listen and cut the tax back.

Air Passenger Duty is excessive.  The Department for Transport looked at the tax in their Aviation emissions cost assessment 2008.  They found that after the increase in 2007, "aviation would cover its climate change costs with an excess of some £0.1 billion".  Since then people have cut back on flights in the recession but Air Passenger Duty revenues have risen to over £2 billion.

From the start of next year things get even worse.  Aviation will be included in the European Union Emissions Trading System.  That will add more to the cost of a flight and should be an alternative way of making people pay the environmental costs of a flight, not an additional stealth tax making the burden even more excessive.

None of this is a good idea in a competitive market.  If people start to transfer via a European competitor like Schiphol then that will mean flights from London that are longer, less frequent and more expensive.  More than that, it is a tough deal for families who are hit with excessive taxes not just when they're working hard but also when they try to get away from it all.

If you would like to help, the campaign has set up a system for you to write to your MP.  Click here and help to put the pressure on.  Please add your own comment, as well as the standard script, if you have anything to add as it will really increase the impact.

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