Tax on domestic flights could be almost halved under plans to improve transport connections between different parts of Britain. Boris Johnson is expected to announce today that the government will begin a consultation into proposals to cut air passenger duty (APD) from £13 to £7 per flight. The reduction could make domestic flights cheaper than those to short-haul European destinations, incentivising airlines to increase the number of planes on UK routes. After the collapse of the low-cost carrier Flybe in March last year there was a drop in the number of flights from smaller airports across Britain and this was seen as undermining the government’s “levelling-up” agenda. Environmental groups criticised the plan to reduce the duty as “nonsensical” last night, warning that it would drive up greenhouse gas emissions. However, the government insisted that it would make little difference to overall carbon dioxide levels because of a requirement on airlines to offset any rise in emissions beyond levels seen in 2019. News about APD comes days after ministers announced that they were freezing fuel duty while increasing the price of rail fares in England.
Times 10th March 2021 read more »
UK prime minister Boris Johnson intends to authorise a cut in air passenger duty, a levy paid by airlines for domestic flights, to provide the industry with a boost after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Financial Times. The proposal will form part of a wider “union connectivity review” of national transport links which will also include funding for train lines and motorways, it adds. The newspaper cites “critics” who say the air duty cut “further undermines ministers’ commitment to a target of net-zero carbon by 2050”.
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