A global study covering air travel competitiveness of 140 countries has found the United Kingdom to be the second worst country in terms of taxes on air travel. The World Economic Forum Travel & Tourism Competitiveness report ranked the UK in the second-last position, ahead of only Chad, among the surveyed countries. The UK shared the bottom rungs with less-developed countries such as Senegal and the Dominican Republic.
For example, a quick check on current taxes revealed that the taxes and fees for a round-trip flight from JFK to Gatwick (UK) are over $250, while the taxes and fees for a flight from JFK to Dublin, Ireland are a mere $104.
Britain plans to increase the Air Passenger Duty (APD) – the most costly airport tax in the world at present – for long distance flights by 2.5 percent from April 2013. The tax will amount to about $107 per passenger for economy and about $215 per passenger for premium classes for US to UK flights.
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UK among worst in world for air taxes, shows report