Support The Fight AGAINST Air Passenger Duty!

Submitted by Agyeman Kofi

Photo Credit: Daily Mail

In the last six years, Air Passenger Duty (APD) – the paid by airlines for each passenger departing a UK airport – has risen more than 300 per cent on many routes – while inflation has increased barely 20 per cent.

This level of increase has no justification and no international parallel. Yet the UK Government has firm plans to keep on raising APD every year to 2017. This tax also acts as a brake on growth and jobs for the whole economy by making it more difficult for businesses to reach new markets, and making the UK less attractive to overseas visitors.

How can you help?

Just take a few seconds to visit www.afairtaxonflying.org and click on “Not a UK Resident?”. This will generate an automatic letter to the UK minister responsible for APD, George Osborne, calling for action on a tax that is now far too high and inflicting real damage on the UK’s efforts to move out of recession.

Add your name, send and you’re done. This is an important campaign – and I hope you will support us in it.

0 thoughts on “Support The Fight AGAINST Air Passenger Duty!


  1. what about paying $150 dollars for a passport and increased depart tax? if our government can do that to bajans and they don’t complain, why are we complaining about what is done by the britsih government?


  2. We can debate the viability of the tourist industry but until we diversify i.e. find an alternative to generate substantial forex we have to stay with it. The issue here is whether the average Barbadian care too hoots about APD.


  3. Keep complaining about another countries policies and how they effect you and it’ll come around and bit you in the ass. Bajans don’t like other countries (IMF for example) interfering in their polices so stay out of Britain’s.


  4. David, I am sure the 1,000 plus tourism workers who have lost their jobs over the last year care about the APD and its effects. Exactly as you say, until we find something to replace tourism, we have to maximise its potential and benefits.


  5. As someone who buys flights to and from Barbados in the UK and in Barbados, I agree that the UK tax is absurd and a barrier to business. But then my flights bought in Barbados are MORE expensive than the SAME flights bought in the UK. And this is because Barbados imposes MORE tax than the UK already on those SAME flights. So maybe it is time to also raise this as an issue, because otherwise you are asking for someone who charges LESS tax to lower it, and ignoring the Barbados HIGHER tax.


  6. titus | August 29, 2012 at 1:51 AM |
    what about paying $150 dollars for a passport and increased depart tax? if our government can do that to bajans and they don’t complain, why are we complaining about what is done by the britsih government?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………
    And many airports in the region have given the travelling public warning that the costs to improvements at airports will be passed on to passengers. APD or Departure tax, Six they say ,is half a dozen.


    • This story speaks to the prevailing attitude which exist in the EU. The APD will NOT be removed anytime soon if at all.

      2,600 students at risk of deportation from UK
      Friday, August 31, 2012
      LONDON, England (AP) — Around 2,600 foreign students could be deported from Britain after their university was stripped of its ability to sponsor visas for pupils outside of the European Union, the Government announced yesterday.
      The move provoked dismay from students and accusations that the move by the Conservative-led Government, which is bent on reducing immigration, could damage Britain’s global reputation.
      http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/2-600-students-at-risk-of-deportation-from-UK_12390749

Leave a comment, join the discussion.