Air Passenger Duty letter to the Editor


George Osborne’s announcement of an increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) for the business jet industry clearly positions operators on the continent at an unfair advantage over their UK counterparts, following a recent survey from the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) suggesting that 25% of non-UK business jet operators avoid paying APD and are therefore technically operating outside UK law. Yet again the Government is picking on an industry which according to the latest figures from PwC in 2008, contributed directly and indirectly €4.2 billion to the UK’s economy.

With a potential 50% increase in the amount of APD due to pay, a number of UK-based business jet operators – in an industry characterised by SME businesses – will be less able to compete with the rest of Europe. The Chancellor continues to cripple an industry that is a major contributor to the UK economy, with a duty that was originally proposed as an environmental tax but has simply been absorbed by the Treasury as an additional source of revenue.

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore
Chief Executive London Executive Aviation
Stapleford Airport
Stapleford Tawney
Essex, RM4 1SJ

Published in: The Daily Telegraph 22 March 2014 & The Sunday Times 23 March 2014

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