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Cost of travel for UK executives threatening UK business competitiveness

British companies pay over 70% more for business travel than their European counterparts which is threatening the competitiveness of UK business, according to American Express.

In a study of European flights to North America, a UK-based company was found to pay £275,000 more on average for fares than a company based in Germany, while UK businesses are also paying almost 50% more for direct flights from the UK to New York.

First and Business Class flights have risen by around 3% over the last year and 9% over the last two years while Business Class fares have remained unchanged throughout the rest of Europe.

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