A Plea From BA to Help Reduce Taxes on UK Airfare

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  1. garyst16
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    I received this email today from BA...interesting approach to an increasingly severe problem...

    Dear Mr garyst16,
    As a frequent flyer, you will know as well as anyone that taxes on air travel are higher in the UK than anywhere else in the world - so I wanted to tell you about a campaign aimed at changing that.

    In the last six years, Air Passenger Duty (APD) - the paid by airlines for each passenger departing a UK airport - has risen more than 300 per cent on many routes - while inflation has increased barely 20 per cent.

    Some customers are now paying £184 for a single journey, while the cost for families taking their annual holiday has sky-rocketed: In 2006, a family of four flying from the UK to the Caribbean would pay £80 in APD - today they would pay £324 in World Traveller, or £648 in World Traveller Plus, Club World, or First.
    This level of increase has no justification and no international parallel. Yet the UK Government has firm plans to keep on raising APD every year to 2017.

    This tax also acts as a brake on growth and jobs for the whole economy by making it more difficult for businesses to reach new markets, and making the UK less attractive to overseas visitors.

    How can you help? Just take a few seconds to visit www.afairtaxonflying.org and click on "Not a UK Resident?". This will generate an automatic letter to the UK minister responsible for APD, George Osborne, calling for action on a tax that is now far too high and inflicting real damage on the UK's efforts to move out of recession. Add your name, send and you're done.

    This is an important campaign - and I hope you will support us in it.

    Best wishes,

    Keith Williams,
    British Airways CEO[​IMG]

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    Yes, got this too and responded, including the (true) fact that I avoid the country and airport both since they have added this ridicuous fee. If I do want to visit the UK I plan to fly to CDG or somewhere and take a train to avoid the huge "luxury tax" (for flying C of F)
     
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    I followed through and added this in the comment field:

    The APD is Dilbertian. It damages UK competitiveness and even though I am no friend of BA, it also undermines the ability of the airline and others operating from the UK to compete on the global stage in the long-haul hub and spoke world. If APD continues to increase look for AF, LH, IB and KL to become the air travel providers of choice for UK citizens and for pax and businesses to choose to connect/locate/originate elsewhere. Typical British politico humbug.
     
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    My response wasn't as eloquent, but was something along the lines about reducing the ability for travelers to experience their country...
     
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    I read it, and while I know the frustration many of us have with UK APD (and lengths we go to make sure we have connections, not stops, in the U.K. to avoid it), a bigger issue to me is BA's $300 per person per flight fuel surcharge. BA comes across as rather hypocritical for persisting in these unjustified fees while complaining about the APD.

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    The campaign to reduce or eliminate APD is likely to garner the unquestioning support of many flyers, but ask yourself this. If APD were abolished tomorrow, who will take the benefit of that? Call me cynical, but I expect most of it to be retained by BA as additional profit.
     
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    Dear UggBoy,

    As a frequent flyer, you will know as well as anyone that taxes on air travel are higher in the UK than anywhere else in the world - so I wanted to tell you about a campaign aimed at changing that.

    In the last six years, Air Passenger Duty (APD) - the paid by airlines for each passenger departing a UK airport - has risen more than 300 per cent on many routes - while inflation has increased barely 20 per cent.

    Some customers are now paying £184 for a single journey, while the cost for families taking their annual holiday has sky-rocketed: In 2006, a family of four flying from the UK to the Caribbean would pay £80 in APD - today they would pay £324 in World Traveller, or £648 in World Traveller Plus, Club World, or First.

    This level of increase has no justification and no international parallel. Yet the UK Government has firm plans to keep on raising APD every year to 2017.

    This tax also acts as a brake on growth and jobs for the whole economy by making it more difficult for businesses to reach new markets, and making the UK less attractive to overseas visitors.

    How can you help? Just take a few seconds to visit
    www.afairtaxonflying.org and click on "Not a UK Resident?". This will generate an automatic letter to the UK minister responsible for APD, George Osborne, calling for action on a tax that is now far too high and inflicting real damage on the UK's efforts to move out of recession. Add your name, send and you're done.

    This is an important campaign - and I hope you will support us in it.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Best wishes,

    [​IMG]
    Keith Williams,
    British Airways CEO
    [​IMG]
     
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    The management would dearly love to do so. But their ability to hold onto margins by susbtituting ticket cost for APD depends on how competitive the marketplace is. I think if APD were repealed, it would be very hard for BA to maintain such a policy in the face of the torrent of EK and AF 380s and LH 748s that would descend on LHR and elsewhere.
     

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