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Day: July 20, 2020

Airlines call on Rishi Sunak to waive passenger tax for 12 months
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Airlines call on Rishi Sunak to waive passenger tax for 12 months

    The UK’s airlines have renewed calls for a 12-month waiver from paying Air Passenger Duty (APD) in a bid to protect the industry from damage from the coronavirus crisis. A new survey from industry body Airlines UK has found that without such a waiver, 600 air routes will be lost in the short-term, as well as 8,000 jobs. In 12 months time, the survey, which was carried about by York Aviation, said that 130 routes would be lost if airlines had to continue paying APD, 80 per cent of which would be in the UK. However, if they are exempted from the tax for a year, 56 of these could be saved, it found. Two weeks ago a group of 24 Tory MPs wrote to chancellor Rishi Sunak to ask for the exemption from the passenger tax. The UK’s aviation industry has already been devastat...