Government faces lawsuits over air tax hike
Airlines and tour operators threaten to sue
The decision by the government to increase
passenger duty by £1bn could see it being sued by airlines and tour
The government has already been forced to defend the rise with the Treasury
saying that the decision was legally watertight and it was up to airlines
whether they passed the cost on to passengers.
The increased levy means that from Thursday this week people flying out of
the UK pay £10 on short haul flights and £40 on long haul trips in economy class
(a doubling of the rate in both cases).