New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance shows that punishingly high taxes on holiday items, insurance and flights have forced up the cost of a holiday abroad by £62 on every holidaymaker in Britain.
At the extreme end, a family of four travelling to Florida this summer will face an average tax bill of £384 on their flights and holiday purchases in the UK, an increase of £198 since 2008. A family of six travelling to Spain will be hit by an average tax bill of £195 just for going on holiday.
A 2015 PWC report suggested that abolition of Air Passenger Duty across the UK could create as many as 61,000 jobs as airport traffic picks up as a result and, through increased traffic, pay for itself. Further, the Treasury has already admitted that APD is "primarily a revenue raising duty," rather than an environmental policy measure.
"It's wrong that a week in the sun comes with such a huge tax bill, as the taxman chases holidaymakers all the way to the departure gate. These taxes are not only too high but hit those on lower incomes the hardest, making it more difficult for hard-working people to get away for a well-deserved break during the summer holidays.
"The benefits of lower Air Passenger Duty have been noted by politicians in Stormont, Holyrood and Cardiff. It is time for politicians in Westminster to reach the same conclusion."
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