APD lobby group to press home case with Labour

APD lobby group to press home case with Labour

Lobby group A Fair Tax on Flying is urging Labour to exert more pressure on the government over Air Passenger Duty.

The call came as shadow transport minister Lillian Greenwood had her role expanded to include aviation as well as rail.

British Air Transport Association chief executive Simon Buck said: “Lilian Greenwood MP’s new responsibility for aviation policy on Labour’s front bench offers an ideal opportunity for the opposition to put pressure on the government between now and the next election to review the impact of Air Passenger Duty on the UK economy.

“It is timely to re-focus the debate on the damage caused by Air Passenger Duty and expose the flaws in the government's current approach.”

The government plans year-on-year rises in APD despite the growing body of evidence that suggests that reduction or abolition could deliver “significant economic benefits,” he added.

“We look forward to working closely with Ms Greenwood to ensure that the Opposition is fully apprised of all the facts about APD and supports calls from over 100 MPs for a Treasury review of APD - something for which our campaign has long been calling," Buck said.

The campaign confirmed that more than 425 UK business leaders have now signed a petition calling for a review of APD, citing the negative effect it is having on businesses.

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