Calling on the Chancellor to take decisive action on APD in the upcoming Budget, Airlines UK Chief Executive Tim Alderslade and Airport Operators Association Chief Executive Karen Dee said:
“The UK is only European country that saw direct connectivity decline two years’ in a row. Because the UK levies at least double the tax on flights that our European trading rivals do, UK businesses are missing out on vital connectivity to build the trading relationships our departure from the EU is making possible.
“UK regions are missing out especially, including in their domestic connectivity. The Chancellor should use the ongoing APD review to put an end to our sky-high aviation taxes so UK aviation can genuinely compete with Germany, France and other EU countries for international connectivity.
“Airlines will respond with more routes and greater investment in the regions of the UK, enabling airports to help level up their regions.”