Abta tells holiday-bound MPs to re-think APD

Abta tells holiday-bound MPs to re-think APD

Abta has called on MPs preparing to depart on summer holidays to re-think plans to raise air passenger duty (APD) next year.

A bigger proportion of MPs and members of the House of Lords will enjoy overseas holidays in the next two months than in the population as a whole, according to a survey by Abta.

The association reports 42% of MPs and 44% of Lords are heading abroad for a summer holiday. By contrast 21% of the UK population, an estimated 13 million people, will do so.

Abta said: “MPs and peers will know how important a holiday can be and should re-think any further rise in aviation taxation as family budgets have to stretch further.”

The association’s second annual Parliamentary Holiday Survey suggests the Mediterranean is the most-popular overseas destination for MPs, and Scotland the most-popular UK destination.

It found one in five MPs take three or more holidays a year, two in five take two holidays and one in three a single holiday. About one in ten said they take no holiday, and 3% no break at all from work.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “The survey shows taking a break is just as important for our political representatives as for millions of citizens.”

MPs received over 10,000 emails about APD following a half-day campaign in airports by the Airport Operators' Association. The Hands off our Holiday campaign - not affiliated with Abta's Fair Tax on Flying - handed out 30,000 leaflets on the morning of July 11.

Who received the most complaints?

  1. Henry Smith (Crawley)
  2. Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge, and transport secretary)
  3. Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet and aviation minister)
  4. Vince Cable (Twickenham and business secretary)
  5. Michael Gove (Surrey Heath and education secretary)
  6. Adam Afriyie (Windsor)
  7. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster)
  8. Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park)
  9. Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne, Surrey)
  10. Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington)


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