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    Air passenger duty to rise 50%

    A new tax on flights to countries such as Thailand, South Africa and the Seychelles will increase by 50% in two years' time, under plans which the government said would help the environment.

    But the decision by the chancellor to increase air passenger duty was undermined in the eyes of the green movement when he scrapped a proposed flight tax, saying it would have damaged airlines, which were going through a tough financial period.

    Air passenger duty is currently levied at 10 on a passenger flying economy class to European destinations and 40 for those going further, but the Alistair Darling has introduced new bands. The starting level will be 11 on tickets to places within 2,000 miles of London, 45 for flights of up to 6,000 miles and 55 over that.

    The changes do not come into effect until November next year but by the 2010/2011 tax year, the duty on a flight to a destination such as Bankok, Johannesburg or Victoria will rise to 60. Darling justified the move as one to reduce carbon emissions. "I have decided to reform APD into a four-band system ensuring that those who travel further and have a larger environmental impact meet that cost," he said.

    But his decision to drop an airline duty that had been proposed earlier angered campaigners. The World Development Movement said it was "bad news for the UK tax payer, the environment and the world's poor". The airline industry was delighted, saying it had "won the battle".

    Pre-budget report: Air passenger duty to rise 50% | Business | guardian.co.uk

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    South Africans will then have to take an alternative carrier - or fly a different routing. Seems silly.

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    I presume the OP is taliking GBP ( great british peso ) ?

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    fuck it i'll fly to paris and swim across with the albanians

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    another boost to the tourist industry.


    It seems the UK solution to everything it to pay more Tax. When will the people wake up and start buring their MPs in the streets. The French would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented
    fuck it i'll fly to paris and swim across with the albanians
    I think they're all swimming back to France now. The Poles are certainly leaving in droves.

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    good move, less British scums coming to Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    good move, less British scums coming to Thailand
    Yes, good. That will leave lots of empty hotel rooms which can be booked up by homosexual surrender monkeys

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    Pointless for the locusts to hang around when the fields are bare.

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