UK: government to raise air passenger tax

According to a pre-budget report by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), U.K.’s air passenger duty for coach travelers flying from the United States will increase from 40 to 45 British pounds (from about $60 to $68) late next year. HMRC proposes even larger increases for the following year — a 60-pound charge for transatlantic coach travelers and 120 for passengers in premium classes.The Air Transport Association (ATA), a trade organization representing US airlines, and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) critizise the tax increases and are concerned about a negative effect on demand.Source: Travel Weekly; find article here>>.The pre-budget report on air passenger duty is availabale for download in pdf here>>.

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