Media Releases

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UK tax on flying cost passengers over £3.1 billion last year

Speaking ahead of this evening’s gathering of the UK airline industry at the British Air Transport Association Annual Dinner, Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of BATA said: “New official figures from HMRC clearly show much how Air Passenger Duty has increased since it was first introduced. This UK tax on flying cost the public over £3.1 billion in 2015 – up from £331 million in 1995 and £892 million in 2005.That is a staggering increase of 250% in the last 10 years and over 840% since the first full year of its operation. Even allowing for growth in passenger numbers over the same period, this is still a huge burden on UK businesses, the travelling public, and UK aviation.”

January 27, 2016

Former BATA Chairman recognised in New Year’s Honours List

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Former Chairman of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), Dr Barry Humphreys, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

January 4, 2016

Thousands avoiding roads and trains by flying home for Christmas

With major engineering works planned on railway lines during the festive period and congestion and delays likely on some of Britain’s major roads, thousands have once again decided to take advantage of competitive fares and faster journey times by flying home for Christmas this year.

December 16, 2015

BATA responds to Government statement on airport expansion in the South East

Responding to the Government statement on airport expansion in the South East, Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association, which represents UK registered airlines, said:

“We understand the need for a robust assessment of the Airports Commission’s final report, but it is extremely disappointing that the Government has failed to make a decision today. The UK cannot continue to put off this difficult but vital decision while our international competitors forge ahead.”

December 10, 2015

Airlines call on Chancellor to seize the opportunity presented by devolution of APD to Scotland

BATA and BAR-UK, the two organisations representing the vast majority of airlines operating to and from the UK have joined forces and written to the Chancellor in advance of next month’s Autumn Statement. They are highlighting the opportunity that the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Scotland presents to make the rest of the UK competitive.

October 30, 2015

Changes to UK visa regime for Chinese tourists – BATA statement

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement of changes to visitor visas for Chinese tourists, Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association, said:

“Making it easier and more convenient for high-spending Chinese visitors to come to the UK could be the dictionary definition of a no-brainer. Today’s announcement is another important step in the right direction and the Prime Minister deserves much credit for recognising the importance of this issue. We will continue to encourage the Government to go further to increase the competitiveness of the UK’s visa system in China and other important markets like India, including early implementation of their plans to reduce the cost of a 10 year multiple entry visit visa from to £822 to £85. UK airlines will continue to play their part in attracting these high value tourists to our shores.”

October 21, 2015

easyJet Chief Executive gives inaugural BATA annual lecture

The inaugural BATA annual lecture took place on the afternoon of Wednesday 14 October, with Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet, delivering a speech to an audience of senior industry figures and stakeholders at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

October 15, 2015

Minsters urged to put APD abolition ‘back on the table’ to respond to devolution to Scotland

BATA has called on the Government to abolish Air Passenger Duty during this Parliament in its response to a Treasury consultation on APD devolution.

September 8, 2015

BATA welcomes Scottish Government’s commitment on Air Passenger Duty

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2015-16, British Air Transport Association Chief Executive, Nathan Stower, said:

“The Scottish Government’s commitment to reduce the burden of APD by 50% from 2018, with a view to abolishing completely in due course, is good news for Scottish businesses, families and visitors. Halving the UK’s current rates would bring Scotland broadly in line with Germany’s aviation tax.”

September 2, 2015

Number of people flying to visit friends and relatives at all-time high

New analysis by the British Air Transport Association of official travel statistics has revealed that more people are taking to the skies to visit friends and relatives (known as ‘VFR’ travel) than ever before.

August 21, 2015