AIRLINE bosses have joined forces to issue a New Year warning to the Government that an increase in Air Passenger Duty will affect employment and the economy.

Carolyn McCall from easyJet, Willie Walsh from BA owner IAG, Michael O’Leary from Ryanair and Steve Ridgway from Virgin Atlantic jointly said: “APD is a self-defeating tax that pays for no environmental benefits, chokes off economic activity and cuts jobs.

“Only the UK holds back its own economic recovery with a tax of this nature. APD must go.”

They added that airlines’ entry into the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) tomorrow highlighted the injustice of APD as a supposed green tax.

“The reality is that no APD revenue has ever been spent on environmental benefit,” said the four.

“In contrast, ETS means that all future growth in European aviation will be carbon-neutral, and provides an incentive for further reductions in emissions.”

They also claimed that the APD tax would actually make it more difficult for airlines to invest in carbon-reducing green technology.

Original Post in Mirror.Co.Uk

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