Manchester Airport and support ABTA’s ‘A Fair Tax on Flying’

As the country prepares for the Budget on Wednesday, Manchester Airport and have pledged their support to ABTA’s ‘A Fair Tax on Flying’ campaign.

The Fair Tax on Flying campaign is an alliance of more than 25 airlines, airports,
tour operators, destinations and trade associations who are uniting to call on the Government to make the system of aviation tax in the UK fairer. The UK already pays the highest level of aviation tax of any nation in Europe.

Jonathan Bailey, External Affairs Director for the Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “As an industry, we welcome that the Government has identified tourism as one of the top five industries to drive growth and we now need a system of taxation that supports that objective. The Government has indicated that they want to create the conditions for regional airports to flourish yet Air Passenger Duty makes regional airports less attractive to international carriers, leading them to choose alternative hubs such as Amsterdam. Many UK travellers are unaware that they pay the highest levels of flight tax in Europe and this is not a system that we can allow to continue if the Government is serious about allowing the North's economy to prosper.”

The Fair Tax on Flying campaign members include: ABTA, ANTOR, AOA, British Airways, BAA, BAR UK, BATA, BMI, Bristol Airport, ETOA, Gatwick Airport,,, Leeds Bradford Airport, London City Aiport, Luton Airport, Manchester Airports Group, Manston Airport, Monarch, Newcastle Airport, The Caribbean Council, The Co-Operative Travel, Thomas Cook, Tourism Alliance, TUI Travel PLC, ukinbound and Virgin Atlantic.

Cabin crew members from the North’s leisure airline were also at Manchester Airport to highlight their support for the campaign. 

Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of, said, “We offer our customers great value leisure flights to city, sun and ski destinations and want to make it possible for people to be able to travel from their local airport at a price they can afford. The taxes imposed on UK flyers, the highest in Europe, discourage people and are unfair, and they are set to rise with nothing for people to show for the high tax they have paid. This burden on customers will increase with the introduction of the EU emissions trading scheme in 2012. calls for the UK Government to ensure that APD is reduced with the introduction of emissions trading and not just used as an extra means of generating tax from hard pressed consumers".

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Published on: 21/03/2011 11:06:33