UK travel industry unites to fight punitive air tax

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UK travel industry’s big players this week stepped up their protest at the Government’s punitive air passenger tax. Airlines such as BA, bmi and Virgin, holiday giants including Thomas Cook, TUI, Virgin ­Holidays and Monarch, plus Britain’s major airport operators and ABTA, have joined forces to form the Fair Tax on Flying group.

They are calling on the Chancellor to take a lead from the Irish government after it announced its intention to abolish the tax on passengers flying out of the Republic.

ABTA boss Mark Tanzer said: “The Fair Tax on Flying campaign urges the Chancellor to take a lead from the Irish and not hike aviation tax even higher if he is sincere in his intention to help travel and tourism grow and flourish.”

Duty rose by up to 55% last November and UK rates are the highest in Europe.