It’s a taxing time for East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport – one of the largest freight operations in the UK – would
see its business badly hit by new taxes.
on the aviation industry could help pay for measures to tackle climate change.
operation at midnight and I was absolutely staggered by the scale of their business.
It seems to me, from everything I’ve been told, that the operations there should
continue to grow if allowed. But the implications of a new tax regime for the
industry would be very significant for airports, particularly the likes of East
business will move away from the UK and the East Midlands to other countries.”
particular that jet fuel should be taxed.
were so few taxes on aviation that Al Capone – jailed for tax evasion – would
have been proud to be a part of it.
fuel would damage the East Midlands economy for a moment.” Over 6,900 people
work across 105 businesses based at East Midlands Airport, 290 employed by the
cargo – managing 300,000 tonnes a year.
or extra taxation is a major cause of concern for passengers and the tens of thousands
of people employed in the aviation industry.
air passenger duty, which would mean long-haul flight prices rising. IATA warns
the levy is damaging the industry. Britain is the only place to have such a tax
and the Treasury now wants to base it on how far people fly. Ministers say flying
is relatively “undertaxed”. Under the government’s plans, the tax will rise to
£85 for Australia and £60 to the US by November next year. (BBC)