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British airlines worried about "holiday tax" increase

Single passenger fares are about to change

A fare increase that should not be underestimated: UK government is serious about increasing duties provided for each passenger who traveled by plane, a move that took carriers off guard in the face of the crisis triggered by the covid-19 (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). They are above all fares on short-haul flight connections with European destinations. Numbers make it clear what should happen soon: from next April, several pounds more will be paid for the various seats in the aircraft.

In the case of medium and long-haul economic flights, the most substantial increases will be recorded; in detail, this is two pounds more for the single passenger, while for the “premium” classes the additional pounds of the new fare will be 4. These figures immediately sparked controversy regarding the disadvantages of a holiday (in Britain, this rate is known as the 'holiday tax'); it is no coincidence that the associations representing the sector have asked for the suspension of the economic measure. In the front row with regard to the blocking of increases are Abta (the body that brings together British travel operators) and Airlines UK, which represents major airlines such as British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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