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Sir Richard Branson Criticises UK Government’s Aviation Tax Increases

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Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, last week warned that the UK Government’s plans to increase taxes on air passengers are out of control and will hurt passengers, the aviation industry and developing regions such as the Caribbean and Africa.

The Air Passenger Duty (APD) paid by passengers leaving the UK is due to increase by up to 113% by November 2010, with the next phased increase due in November this year.

This means, for example, that the APD tax on a flight from Heathrow to Dubai will go up from Ł40 to Ł60; the tax on a Premium Economy ticket from Gatwick to Barbados will go up from Ł80 to Ł150 and the tax on an Upper Class flight from Heathrow to Sydney will rise from Ł80 to Ł170.

 All Virgin’s e-tickets now carry messages criticising theese unjust tax increase by the UK Government, and asking passengers to visit a new page on the Virgin website so they can protest to their local MP about the increases.

Sir Richard Branson, said, "Air Passenger Duty is one of the most unjust taxes out there. The UK Government has been quietly increasing APD by huge amounts and claiming it is an environmental tax. Yet, there's not a shred of evidence to suggest the Ł2billion+ currently raised is going towards environmental or sustainable projects.

"Now the UK Government wants to again hike the ridiculously high tax on your holiday or business trip - in November this year and next - by up to 113%. I am urging passengers to write to their local MP on why the planned increases are out of control.

"The increases will hurt passengers, the airline industry and developing regions such as the Caribbean and Africa which rely on the airline industry to power their economies, and enable family and friends based in the UK to visit loved ones."

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