Tax Campaign Success
As the campaign against excess taxation of the aviation industry continues, Giovanni Bisignani welcomed the UK’s decision not to increase its Air Passenger Duty (APD).
- IATA had urged the UK chancellor not increase APD, given that the sector already contributes some
- US$107 billion to public finances, excluding the US$3.2 billion from APD.
- The UK government has frozen the APD rates by deferring the inflation increase until April 2012.
- Plans to replace the APD with a per-plane duty have been withdrawn due to conflict with international agreements.
- IATA continues to lobby for APD to be phased out when aviation enters the EU ETS in 2012
Economic & Social Benefits of Aviation
IATA’s tax campaign has been boosted by the launch of a study of the Economic and Social Benefits of Aviation in the UK.
- The report has been sent to both UK airlines and government authorities.
- A further 17 studies of aviation benefits in EU countries will be published this month.
- The project aims to produce 54 studies of countries around the world by year end.