Air passenger duty (APD) is a straight up levy on the airfares of adult passengers travelling from UK airports. We have one of the highest aviation taxes in Europe. Several near neighbours, including Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium have eliminated their aviation taxes altogether.
In the run up to the 2018 Budget, we called for APD to be halved and eventually abolished across the UK. We joined forces with others, including the A Fair Tax on Flying campaign, to make the case to the government. Former Cabinet Ministers, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and The Sun newspaper also backed our calls.
At the Budget, the Chancellor backed down from raising short haul APD and froze long haul APD. We will continue to campaign for a full on cut on short haul and long haul airfare duties.