We’ll end up paying more for our air fares with this new system. The background to it and how it has changed since is described below: -Â
Back in November 2008, in the last budget, the chancellor declared that the cost of Airline Passenger Duty (APD) would increase in November 2009 and then again in 2010.
APD is one of the charges that is currently included in the taxes you pay on a ticket and amounts to approximately Â£40.00 per person when traveling to the Caribbean.
Unfortunately, with the intended change, the Government has divided the world up into four geographical bands based on capital cities, which means that passengers will pay higher rates to visit all of the Caribbean islands compared to anywhere in the US, even though most of the US is further away. For example Los Angeles and Hawaii are almost double the distance from the UK than Barbados but the APD will be less than when travelling to the Caribbean.
This cannot be fair!Â
This is an important issue for everybody who travels to the Caribbean as the intention of the Chancellor is to increase the tax by Â£10.00 per passenger next year and then by a further whopping Â£25.00 per passenger the year after!!
We’re urging all of our customers, the airlines and our industry partners to support us to stop the changes being made to Air Passenger Duty which penalise destinations which rely on British tourism for the wellbeing of their economies and in particular, YOU our customers. Â Â
In the first instance we would urge you to join our campaign by signing an industry petition to the Prime Minister which can be found by clicking on the following link.
The link to Number 10 is: Â http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/APDtax/