Chancellor asked to use Budget to ditch air passenger tax
AIRLINE bosses, including the chief executive of the largest carrier at East Midlands Airport, have called on Chancellor George Osborne to scrap Airport Passenger Duty in his Budget on March 20.
The bosses of four major airlines – Ryanair, British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic – have urged Mr Osborne to remove the tax in order to "stimulate growth and create jobs".
Ryanair is the largest operator at EMA and its boss, Michael O'Leary, has put his name to a joint statement issued by the airlines.
They have reacted to the World Economic Forum's report, which shows that the UK has the second highest aviation taxes and charges out of 140 countries.
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The statement says: "The WEF report shows Britain rubbing shoulders with Chad, Senegal and the Dominican Republic. This isn't just a blow to our national pride but demonstrates the unjustified level of APD.
"We call upon the Chancellor to remove APD to stimulate economic growth and create jobs."