27-Jan-2011 4:13 PM

UK carriers disagree on impact of APD

easyJet stated long-haul services are “under-taxed”, as the LCC renewed calls for the UK government to move to a per-aircraft form of APD that would charge more (Travel Weekly, 26-Jan-2011). ABTA CEO Mark Tanzer supported the statement, adding the APD has adversely affected travel to the Caribbean and other long-haul destinations. In response, Virgin Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgeway admitted that while the APD was “doing great damage to the Caribbean”, the rates on short-haul services should be increased.