Holiday firms to pull premium economy seats following 'absurd' flight duty rise
Sunday 28 June 2009
Leading holiday groups will stop offering so-called premium economy seats to their customers after the summer because of a dramatic hike in the Air Passenger Duty (APD).
Premium economy seating is charged the same levy as business and first class seats, despite offering considerably less to customers. Typically, customers get more leg room.
The APD is set to increase to as much as £55 a seat this November on some long haul flights. One leading travel group said: "It's absurd. It just doesn't seem right that a levy should dictate how passengers travel but it does."
Concern over the APD comes as the recently installed Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis, considers the industry's response to plans to increase the £1 a seat APC [Atol passenger contribution] to £3 from October. The Civil Aviation Authority says the increase is needed to eliminate a deficit in the Air Travel Trust Fund, which was hit by the collapse of XL Leisure last year.
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
iJobs Money & Business
£15000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company offers a range of ...
£15000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisors are r...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Compliance Manager is require...