Media Releases

These are some of our recent media releases and comments. Email us if you want to be added to our media release distribution list.

High Tax Rates Damage UK Economy

In response to the letter from 20 leading economists in today’s Financial Times arguing that the 50p tax rate is damanging the UK economy, Simon Buck, Chief Eecutive of BATA that the same logic can be applied to the “exorbitantly…

September 7, 2011

DFT Aviation Demand Forecast: “Lost Opportunity for Britain”

BATA has commented on today’s revised Government forecasts of demand for air travel that show a slashing by 25% of passengers travelling through Britain’s airports in twenty years time, compared to forecasts produced just two years ago.

August 25, 2011

Hands Off Our Holiday Mr Taxman!

A campaign to persuade the Chancellor to drop planned hikes in the tax levied on all flights leaving the UK is being launched at airports across the country as a new poll is released showing 3 out of 4 people think that Air Passenger Duty (APD) should not go up in the next Budget.

July 11, 2011

Air Passenger Duty Consultation: Flight Tax ‘Costs UK 25,000 Jobs’

On the eve of closure of a consultation by HM Treasury on Air Passenger Duty, the British Air Transport Association, the national trade body for British airlines, has called for the UK’s tax on flying to be scrapped. For more details and the BATA Press Release, go to the Media Centre of this site.

June 16, 2011

BATA Supports IATA Concerns on Air Tax

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, has welcomed the concerns expressed by IATA about the impact on the UK economy of increasing levels of taxation on flying.

June 6, 2011

Speech by Simon Buck at BATA Parliamentary Reception 18th May 2011

Speech by Simon Buck, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association at a Reception hosted by Graham Brady MP and held in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 18th May 2011.

May 18, 2011

BATA Response to Transport Select Committee Report into Airport Winter Weather Failings

BATA has responded to the report published today (12th May) by the Transport Select Committee after its recent inquiry into the impact of the weather last winter on the UK transport system.

May 12, 2011

BATA Comment on UK Government Tourism Policy

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), responding to today’s publication of the Government’s Tourism Policy

April 28, 2011

APD Announcement in Budget: BATA Response

Comment on APD Announcement In Budget: Simon Buck, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association, in response to today’s Budget Statement by the Chancellor

April 28, 2011

BATA Comment on CBI Budget Submission

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), responding to the CBI’s Budget 2011 submission, which argues that “further hikes in APD must not take place”

April 28, 2011