Bring an end to British APD altogether - Ryanair makes government call

RyanairRyanair revealed that as a direct result of the Irish Government scrapping its own APD, the airline launched 21 new routes to/from Dublin, Knock and Shannon airports.

Whilst Chancellor George Osborne has made strides in cutting APD - including ending APD for under 12s from May and devolving the power to slash APD in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament - Ryanair's call has suggested that there is more still to be done.

As part of its plea the airline cited conclusions reached from a recent independent Pricewaterhouse Coopers study, which revealed the following potential benefits from axing UK APD:

  • The abolition of APD would yield 0.46% of the UK GDP in the first year and at least £16bn within 3 years
  • New flights and 60,000 new jobs would be created
  • APD is one of the 3 most destructive taxes, alongside Corporation Tax and Fuel Duty
  • Aviation is an engine of economic growth for international commerce and tourism

Commenting Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

“Ryanair democratised air travel for all consumers – it’s high time the UK Government did the same and axed the travel tax for all.”

At the end of last year Ryanair revealed that it will be implementing a refund of the APD charge for under 12s (amounting to £13 per applicable flight), for children's flights departing from the UK from March 27th 2015 onwards- a full six weeks earlier than any other airline.

The move will enable Ryanair's customers to enjoy partially APD-free holidays in time for the Easter holidays and gives an additional nod to Ryanair’s “Family Extra” service.

Why not make further savings on your family holiday by booking budget travel insurance in advance?

Date Created: 28 January 2015

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