Air Travel Tax Soars By 16% While Passenger Numbers Dip to Lowest For Seven Years

April 28th, 2011

Air travel tax soars by 16% while air passenger numbers dip to lowest for seven years

Official figures published today show total tax receipts from air passengers soared by 16% in the year to March to over £2 billion while total passenger numbers at UK airports dipped by 3% to their lowest level for seven years. Commenting, Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA said “Instead of hammering air travellers, HMG should follow the example of other EU States and cut this suffocating tax on tourism and economic growth to help stimulate recovery”.