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Campaign against air tax increase

Plane waiting outside an airport terminal11/07/2011

By Matt Gibson

A group of protesters from airline and airport organisations have kicked off a campaign aimed at preventing a proposed increase in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) airport departure tax.

The launch of the campaign comes as a poll revealed that three-quarters of people are against the tax rise.

Demonstrations began with a number of protesters wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan "Hands off our Holiday, Mr Taxman" and handing out leaflets to passengers at a number of UK airports.

There was a rise in APD last November and it is set to increase again next year.

The campaign has received the support of the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR-UK) and the British Air Transport Association.

AOA chief executive Darren Caplan said: "Our message to the Chancellor is that enough is enough. APD has already gone up by 325 per cent on long-haul flights and 140 per cent on short-haul flights in the last five years."

BAR-UK chief executive Mike Carrivick said: "The UK already has the highest rate of flight tax in the world. Why should families be discriminated against for wanting to fly off on a hard-earned break once a year?"

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