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Branson speaks out over tax increase

July 16, 2009


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Virgin Atlantic president Sir Richard Branson has hit out at the APD raise

Sir Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic, has hit back over the proposed Government increases in Air Passenger Duty.

The proposals are set to increase the tax paid by UK travellers by up to 113% by November 2010, with the next stage of increase scheduled for November of this year.

Branson commented: "Air Passenger Duty is one of the most unjust taxes out there. The UK Government has been quietly increasing APD by huge amounts and claiming it is an environmental tax. Yet, there's not a shred of evidence to suggest the £2 billion+ currently raised is going towards environmental or sustainable projects.

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"Now the UK Government wants to again hike the ridiculously high tax on your holiday or business trip - in November this year and next - by up to 113%. I am urging passengers to write to their local MP on why the planned increases are out of control.

"The increases will hurt passengers, the airline industry and developing regions such as the Caribbean and Africa which rely on the airline industry to power their economies, and enable family and friends based in the UK to visit loved ones."

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