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GTMC welcomes price cut review on domestic flights

The cost of UK domestic flights could be reduced as part of a potential review of Air Passenger Duty rules
18/01/2018

The Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) has welcomed news that the cost of UK domestic flights could be reduced as part of a potential review of Air Passenger Duty rules.

Adrian Parkes, CEO of GTMC, said: “This is positive news for businesses, airlines and the UK economy. We would urge the government to put words into positive action by implementing a significant reduction in Air Passenger Duty which for too long has stifled business travel and economic growth.

“The announcement of a £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund in chancellor’s Autumn statement and a pledge to invest in the development of regional infrastructure to support businesses outside of London and the South East was encouraging. A cut in APD for domestic air travel is another positive step forward in enabling balanced economic growth across the UK.”

He also called on the government to review the increase in rates to premium economy and business class long-haul flights, adding that air passenger duty presents a barrier to growth and a government review is long overdue.


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