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As budget looms, finds UK holidaymakers oppose extra travel taxes

21 June, 2010

With just one day to go until the new Government's first budget, is warning of dire consequences for the UK travel industry if harsh increases in air passenger duty go ahead.

In a recent customer survey, the UK's market-leading holiday add-ons provider found that 34% of British travellers would cancel their plans if a £30 tax was bolted onto their air fare.

Twenty-eight per cent of customers polled wouldn't fly if a £50 tax was added to their flight. A tax of more than £100 per flight was enough to put off a further 4% of those surveyed, with only 20% willing to go on holiday regardless of additional costs.

Mike Whiting, managing editor at, said: "Clearly the travelling public are very sensitive to price and would not support tax increases on the cost of their flight tickets, and may well vote with their feet. With talk of air passenger duty rising to £300 per person for some journeys, this could mean tough times for the travel industry and the British economy as a whole."

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