Keith says... ------ "Dear Shark, [although you may be a notorious bandit and thorn in our side, you're on the Avios list so I might as well include you] As a frequent flyer [well, at least on Star and SkyTeam], 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.[and we can't even avoid it by using the Gaullists unless we ticket x-CDG, CDG-y, separately] This level of increase has no justification and no international parallel. [For once I agree with you completely] Yet the UK Government has firm plans to keep on raising APD every year to 2017 [what an awesome competitive strategy!] 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. ------ Yes, I will. APD is a diabolic concept. Squeeze those who have no constituency and allow the revenue to disappear into the giant funnel under the Thames.... under the nonsensical eco-pretext. Even the intransigent Dutch government came to its senses very quickly over the Schiphol eco-tax in 2009. Politicos: CO's management blew you away in the televised parliamentary hearings over APD exemption for BFS in 2011. They did so by stating reality and not giving the appearance of contempt for the public or the situation, answering in measured tones with facts about pax loads, revenue and the reality of DUB competition. By contrast, what utter humbug the politicians wanted to peddle! And Keith, fix the overhead electronic signage at the T5 checkin terminals that speaks of a "GUAGE" for measuring luggage...undermines the higher-class image to which your airline aspires. This is almost... DILLLLBERTIAN!