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MSE News: British Airways boss wants air passenger duty axed

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Flights, Currency & Car Hire
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Former_MSE_HelenFormer_MSE_Helen
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Flights, Currency & Car Hire
"The chief executive of BA owner IAG has called for the air tax to be scrapped..."

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  • AzariAzari Forumite
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    This duty should stay.

    The airlines pay no duty on the fuel used.

    Why should people be able to increase their carbon footprint by flying tax free when OAP's have to pay tax on the fuel they need to stay warm and keep living?
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  • zerogzerog Forumite
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    Because taxation should be set according to what is best for the economy rather than to benefit certain sections of the population?
  • Azari wrote: »
    This duty should stay.

    The airlines pay no duty on the fuel used.

    Why should people be able to increase their carbon footprint by flying tax free when OAP's have to pay tax on the fuel they need to stay warm and keep living?

    OAPs should fly longhaul to the sun for the winter using their winter fuel allowance.
  • NFHNFH Forumite
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    Azari wrote: »
    Why should people be able to increase their carbon footprint by flying tax free when OAP's have to pay tax on the fuel they need to stay warm and keep living?
    Yes, great idea. Let's discourage foreign tourists from coming to the UK by increasing tax on air fares, so they give less of their money to UK businesses and the UK taxman. Then there'll be less public money to support those OAPs. You thought this out really well, didn't you?
  • DoshwasterDoshwaster Forumite
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    I'm not sure it should be scrapped but it's certainly needs to be reviewed and cut if possible.
  • Neil49Neil49 Forumite
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    This is an ill conceived tax established purely for revenue raising purposes but dressed up as being 'green' as a means of justifying its existance.

    Other countries have seen the error of their ways and have either reduced it to minimal levels or scrapped it entirely.

    Aside from the damage it causes to our tourist industry by discouraging visitors it has also affected the economies of the Caribbean islands who benefit from the tourism when UK residents visit them. These are poor economies, many of them with strong British connections but we impose a tax on flights to that area which is considerably higher than for someone flying as far as Hawaii. Where is the sense in that, but then again, when did politicians use common sense?

    The Daily Telegraph is currently running a campaign to have this tax made fairer. Details below -

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/air-passenger-duty/
  • alanrowellalanrowell Forumite
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    Are we going to get a thread on the religion of the Pope or the sanitary habits of members of the family Ursidae - or for that matter Michael O'Leary blaming someone for something?
  • Azari wrote: »
    This duty should stay.

    The airlines pay no duty on the fuel used.

    Why should people be able to increase their carbon footprint by flying tax free when OAP's have to pay tax on the fuel they need to stay warm and keep living?

    Based on that argument, when do I get my non means tested winter fuel allowance to help with the cost of travel?
  • FroggittFroggitt Forumite
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    Theres no green argument in this tax, as people are flying from other EU airports to avoid the tax......plus the carbon involved in getting to that airport.
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  • callum9999callum9999 Forumite
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    Froggitt wrote: »
    Theres no green argument in this tax, as people are flying from other EU airports to avoid the tax......plus the carbon involved in getting to that airport.

    Some people are. Many (indeed probably most) don't.

    And of course he wants APD scrapped - BA would get more money then... Asking the people who have to pay a tax whether they like paying it or not is ALWAYS going to result in "no" - no matter how valid a tax it may (or may not) be.

    If it's such a big deal for BA, and so many people are flying to other EU airports to avoid it, why doesn't BA just start flying from them? Particularly now they have merged with Iberia - expand some hubs in Spanish airports.
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