passenger duty (APD) should be scrapped entirely and replaced with a tax
based on the emissions performance of the type of aircraft used and the distance
flown, low-cost airline EasyJet has said.
Andy Harrison, EasyJet’s chief executive, said all UK aviation should be
subject to the new tax, not just the present situation where cargo aircraft,
private jets and transfer passengers were exempt from paying APD.
He said the current system meant 40% of UK aviation activity was exempt.
Harrison called for ‘dirty old aircraft’ to be banned and the right tax
regime put in force to reward ‘cleaner behaviour’.
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