Friday, 21 November 2008

ABTA - Don't hike taxes

ABTA is urging Chancellor Alistair Darling not to further hike taxes on aviation in Monday’s pre-Budget report.

The report is anticipated to include details on aviation tax.

But ABTA has written to the Chancellor calling on the government to lessen the financial burden on airlines and holidaymakers by not taking the “easy option” of hiking aviation tax.

Air Passenger Duty currently raises £2 billion a year yet details of a replacement Aviation Duty scheme have yet to emerge.

The travel business and holidaymakers are already struggling with the effects of the credit crunch and volatile fuel prices and any increase in taxation would severely damage the industry, ABTA warned.

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “The government must resist the temptation to increase the tax burden on our members and customers.

“This will handicap the industry and jeopardise families’ chances of their much-needed break in the sun - Any attempt to dress up a blatant tax raising initiative as environmental will quickly be seen through by the public.”

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