Media Releases

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Air passengers taxed over £27 billion in inflation busting 20 years of APD

1 November marks 20 years since Air Passenger Duty (APD) was first levied on passengers flying from UK airports, and the A Fair Tax on Flying campaign has revealed the Government’s staggering £27.035 billion tax take over this period.

October 31, 2014

Reduce Air Passenger Duty to boost domestic air connectivity

Commenting on the news that the Department for Transport has signed a second public service obligation to protect the Newquay-Gatwick route involving £2.5 million of central government funding, BATA Chief Executive, Nathan Stower, said: “The Government could support domestic air services by simply reducing Air Passenger Duty – the world’s highest tax on flying. At £26 for a return ticket on domestic flights, APD hits people flying within the UK for business and leisure particularly hard.”

October 28, 2014

Thames Estuary – UK airline industry response to Airports Commission decision

Trade body for UK airlines responds to Airports Commission decision to rule out the inner Thames estuary option from the shortlist it will consider before reporting with a final recommendation in 2015.

September 2, 2014

Nathan Stower Appointed As New BATA Chief Executive

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Nathan Stower has been appointed as Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), the trade body representing UK-registered airlines.

Nathan will join BATA on 18 August. He is currently Head of Public Affairs at the Association of Train Operating Companies and was previously Parliamentary and External Affairs Manager at Virgin Atlantic Airways. He will take over from Simon Buck, who is retiring.

June 12, 2014

BATA Chief Executive to Retire

The British Air Transport Association, the trade body for UK airlines, has announced that its Chief Executive, Simon Buck, will retire from the organisation in September 2014, after 4 years in the role. A recruitment process has been launched to find his successor.

April 1, 2014

Budget 2014 – Air Tax Changes

The BATA response to the changes to Air Passenger Duty, announced by the Chancellor in today’s Budget (19th March).

March 19, 2014

CAA Final Decision on Airport Charges and Regulation – BATA Reaction

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA) has responded to the publication today of the CAA’s final decision on airport charges and regulation for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

January 10, 2014

BATA response to Interim Report from Airports Commission

Response by BATA to the publication of the Interim Report by the Airports Commission on Tuesday 17th December.

December 16, 2013

Reaction to Final Proposals from CAA on Airport Charges at Heathrow and Gatwick

Reacting to the publication by the CAA of final proposals for economic regulation and charges for next five year period at Heathrow and Gatwick, Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, said:

“Airlines are deeply frustrated and disappointed with the final proposals for consultation on airport charges published by the CAA today.”

October 3, 2013

BATA Statement on Airport Capacity

Ahead of the deadline of 19th July for the Airports Commission to receive outline proposals for long term new airport capacity, BATA has issued a statement calling on the Government to commit to a robust aviation policy to support and grow international air connectivity.

July 18, 2013