Scrapping the controversial tax, which applies to all passengers flying from a UK airport, would deliver a 0.45pc boost to GDP within 12 months and could generate 60,000 jobs by 2020, according to a report commissioned by British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic.
APD adds £13 to the cost of a short-haul flight, up from £5 in 2007, and as much as £92 in the case of long-haul. Airlines argue it acts as a major barrier to both tourism and potential investment in Britain.
It is rather too high though. London Lisbon return (one of the longer shorthaul flights around) is about 0.4 tonnes CO2. At Stern’s $80 a tonne that’s £20 odd. Rather than the £26 being charged. The overpayment is too high, obviously, for shorter flights.