Articles tagged with: APD
As I said yesterday, in all the discussions about the delays in border entry queues at airports very little has been suggested as a way of resolving the problem. The announcement yesterday of eighty more staff is not a solution merely a sticking plaster. As passenger numbers grow, an alternative method of screening and checking passengers is needed.
In the last couple of weeks or so, the spotlight has turned on the lengthening queues at passport control as you re-enter the UK. In particular it seems to have taken much longer at Heathrow and Gatwick. Indignation, whipped up in particular by The Daily Telegraph, has led to some MP’s saying that “something must be done.”
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has suggested that air passenger duty (APD) on all flights from Northern Ireland should be abolished.
To counter the threat the tax poses to the economy of the province. But we all face this tax wherever we live in the UK. What’s so special about Northern Ireland?
IATA, the international body that airlines belong to has decided that their members are having a hard time of it this year so has cut in half the amount of profits that airlines will make this year to $4 billion. Bad weather, fuel prices, the unrest in the Middle East, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami are all blamed. But is this a case of IATA shouting wolf? And should we care?
Last week, Baroness Benjamin introduced a debate in the House of Lords about APD- Air Passenger Duty. Lady Benjamin, better known as Floella to most people, was concerned not so much by the tax itself but the inequity with which it is applied. There seemed complicit acceptance that it would remain despite the fact there [...]
With the budget less than a fortnight away the travel trade is boosting its attack on how high APD is and how damaging it could be for jobs and the economy if it stays at its high level. They have been boosted in that one of the few countries in Western Europe to retain such a tax has got rid of it. Ireland has removed it because it was seeing reduced tourism coming into Ireland and fewer air passengers both of which meant the tax was not raising net money but costing the economy instead. Will George Osborne, the Chancellor, take heed?
Yesterday CD-Traveller covered the forecasts of ABTA for the coming year. As a change and since everyone else is forecasting (dreaming of what might be might be a better expression), I thought we would as well. Before that, however, let me wish you a happy new year. May 2011 bring all you wish for it because it certainly isn’t going to give me what I should like.
But let’s start with a quick review of the year – or at least from the point-of-view of the traveller.
ABTA has produced a 42 page report on what it thinks will be the travel trends of 2011. Forecasts are fun if only to look back on in 12 months time and see what didn’t come to pass. They got one thing right last year though. 2010 has been a tough year with a number of airlines and tour operators going bust as the industry tried to second guess what we, the travellers, would do. We booked later than ever; more of us stayed at home than many expected yet long haul proved a growth area.
So what for 2011?