Air passenger duty ‘illegal’, court told
Federation of Tour Operators urges judge to order the government to scrap £2bn a year tax
The government’s £2 billion ‘stealth tax’ on air travellers is illegal and
should be scrapped, the High Court was told on Tuesday.
Package holiday firms, represented by the Federation of Tour Operators, have
launched a judicial review, claiming that the Air Passenger Duty was illegal
under European law.
If successful, the government could be forced to pay refunds to millions of
passengers who have already had to pay the levy, reports the
The legal battle follows the government’s decision to double the tax to £10
for economy and short-haul flights, £40 for economy long-haul and £80 for longer
business and first-class trips, on the grounds that air travel emissions are
fuelling climate change.