The Tourism Alliance, of which RDO is a member, has welcomes the publication of the Aviation All Party Parliamentary Group report on Aviation Policy and Air Passenger Duty.
The report concludes that Aviation Capacity and Air Passenger Duty (along with UK policy on visa availability and fees) present significant barriers to inward business and leisure travel to the UK and place the country at a competitive disadvantage to other European destinations.
The report recommends that the Government put a moratorium on further increases in APD until a review is undertaken of the impact that this tax has had on the UK economy and employment, and that Government’s approach to aviation should focus on ensuring that the UK retains and grows hub capacity, whether that entails further capacity at Heathrow, or a new purpose-built hub airport.
Commenting on the report, Tourism Alliance Chairman Michael Hirst OBE stated, ““Tourism is the UK’s largest 6th largest industry and one of the few sectors of the economy that is still growing. It has the potential to generate the revenue and employment needed to pull the UK out of recession but, as the Aviation APPG point out, in order to deliver this, the Government has to demonstrate a clear, logical approach towards aviation.”
Instead of perpetually “kicking the aviation can down the road”, the Government must set in place a bold plan for aviation expansion so the country can trade its way out of recession.