Monday, 18 July 2011

Virgin Atlantic campaign for 'fairer' air passenger duty rates

Virgin Atlantic have today voiced their displeasure at claims that their airline is subsiding short haul travel. The airline claim that Air Passenger Duty (APD) has risen by only 20% for short haul travel in the last four years compared with at least 50% in the long-haul sector.

Virgin Atlantic claim that if both taxes had gone up at the same rate, short-haul flights would contribute at least £222m more a year. APD in economy class for short haul flight is currently £12 compared with £170 for a passenger travelling long-haul in business or in first class. Virgin Atlantic chief commercial officer Julie Southern said: "APD has rocketed in recent years and with a family of four potentially facing a £260 tax bill to fly to Orlando (in Florida), steps need to be taken to bring this back under control."