Autumn Statement brings bad news for travellers, but Three delivers good news!

The Autumn Statement didn’t bring the news travellers flying out of Britain were looking for when the Government confirmed that Air Passenger Duty (APD) is going to increase for the 6th time!  The Chancellor ignored the travel industry’s please to freeze, if not cut, APD, but it fell on deaf ears.  The rise in APD is effective 1st April 2014, increasing the cost of medium-haul and long-haul flights.

APD was introduced in 1994 and has been rising since then, and the latest increase will be a blow not only to the travel industry but also to holidaymakers.  Despite around 250 CEOs writing to the Chancellor, accusing him and the Treasury of not taking any notice of compelling evidence that APD is causing harm to the economy, such as causing airlines to avoid launching new routes to the UK and foreign travellers from visiting the UK as they’ll have to pay our high APD rates on their return journeys, the Government still went ahead with the proposed increase.

Currently, Britain’s tax on aviation is the highest worldwide and what is even more worrying is that according to the World Economic Forum’s study on air ticket tax and airport charges competitiveness, the UK ranked 138th out of 139 countries… just one ahead of Chad, Africa.  Add to the cause the fact that the Irish government scrapped their aviation tax in October this year, and other countries have also abolished similar taxes because it harms their economy…  This is one decision that will, without doubt, come back to bite this current government at some point – the word ‘folly’ comes to mind…

On a good note, it was great news to hear that Three, the mobile phone company, has announced that they are ceasing to charge for roaming in the USA and three other countries – Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Macau - for their customers.  In addition, the USA’s main mobile operators - Vodafone, EE, Virgin Media and Three – have signed an agreement in support of scrapping mobile roaming charges by 2016.  At last it’s not going to ‘break the bank’ to use your mobile phone or device abroad!

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