UK airlines respond to standard rate Air Passenger Duty increase

March 6th, 2024

Commenting on the announcement from the Chancellor that standard rate Air Passenger Duty will increase from April 2025, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said:

“The decision to increase APD goes against the Prime Minister’s commitment not to discourage flying through taxation and hitting passengers – including families and those travelling for leisure – with stealthy tax rises will only make the UK even less competitive on the global stage, with aviation taxes and airport charges already amongst the highest in the world. The Government should instead focus on supporting the industry’s transition to net zero which the US and EU has made billions of pounds of support available for, unlike here in Britain.”