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Alessandro Riolo • 3 days ago

The ADP is a tax on the poorer and most underdeveloped communities of the country.
It is the perfect example of the kind of regressive tax that causes people to vote for Leave or for the Brexit Party.

It marginally affects people living in London, but is massively affecting the level of service offered to the less developed communities across the country.

The reason is frankly obvious: for an airline, is it more likely to get greater margins out of London or out of Belfast?

And therefore, given that the supply of aircraft is quite limited, and expensive, what is the main effect of the ADP?

Perhaps forcing the airlines to move routes from the small and less profitable airports to the large and more profitable ones?

And who is gonna lose by this?

AlanBowen • 5 days ago

The level of APD has made no difference to the flying habits of consumers, more fly every year, no one asks how much the tax is, simply how much is the fare.

This government has already promised 20,000 more police officers (to replace the ones they got rid of) a huge investment in the NHS and education, and the money has to come from somewhere. That somewhere is tax paid by the rest of us, so the more likely outcome is an increase in APD not a reduction, as APD is a hidden tax unlike income tax and VAT

Tim Williamson • 5 days ago

Quite right and when did you ever hear a business deal not going ahead because the flights from the UK were too expensive or the route didn't exist? Any APD cut would just go straight into the bottom line profit (or loss) of airlines who have to keep fares low due to massive competition and over supply. We also need to remember that APD is one of the easiest and cheapest taxes for the govt to collect. It is only going up and never going away.