Air Passenger Duty Reform APPG

First Registered: 27/03/2019 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To encourage the UK government to cut the UK's Air Passenger Duty rate, thereby allowing the UK to compete on a level playing field with our European counterparts, boosting tourism, trade, jobs and growth.

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Recent Documents related to Air Passenger Duty Reform

1. Air passenger duty: recent debates & reform
14/02/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: BRIEFING PAPER Number 5094, 14 February 2019 Air passenger duty: recent debates and reform By Antony Seely

2. Send your Air Passenger Duty Return
01/05/2020 - HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
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Found: Send your Air Passenger Duty Return Use the online service to send your Air Passenger Duty Return

3. Air Passenger Duty Bulletin
31/10/2019 - HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
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Found: Air Passenger Duty Bulletin - GOV.UK

4. Air passenger duty: introduction
14/02/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: 2019 Air passenger duty: introduction By Antony Seely Contents: 1. The introduction of air passenger

5. MAA regulatory notices (RN)
29/11/2019 - Military Aviation Authority (MAA)
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Found: management of Passengers on military registered Air Systems and the employment of Supernumerary Crew

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Air Passenger Duty Reform

1. Air Passenger Duty
10/07/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: move,That this House has considered air passenger duty throughout the UK.Good morning, Sir - Speech Link
2: passenger duty was introduced as an environmental tax to try to discourage people from using planes. Does - Speech Link
3: from a UK airport, and is the only tax applied on air travel as the government does not apply VAT to airline - Speech Link

2. Operation of Air Services (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
26/01/2021 - Grand Committee

1: the Grand Committee do consider the Operation of Air Services (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.Relevant - Speech Link
2: which sets out common rules for the operation of air services. These regulations ensure that Regulation - Speech Link

3. Finance (No. 3) Bill (Eighth sitting)
06/12/2018 - Public Bill Committees

1: must review the effects of a reduction in air passenger duty rates from 1 April 2020 and lay a report - Speech Link
2: budgets,(c) air quality standards,(d) air travel demand, and(e) air traffic movements - Speech Link
3: budgets,(c) air quality standards,(d) air travel demand, and(e) air traffic movements - Speech Link
4: Government to review the extent to which rates of air passenger duty for privately-chartered and privately-owned - Speech Link
5: longer than necessary.The devolution of air passenger duty has not been properly completed, so the Scottish - Speech Link

4. Finance Bill (Eighth sitting)
16/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees

1: pleasure craft can use and not the amount of fuel duty users pay. They already pay the standard white diesel - Speech Link
2: agreed to.Clause 87Rates of air passenger duty from 1 April 2021Question proposed - Speech Link
3: changes to ensure that the long-haul rates of air passenger duty for the tax year 2021-22 increase in line - Speech Link

5. Flybe
14/01/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: airport as usual. I must also emphasise that regional air carriers and airports are vital to the Government - Speech Link
2: on what might be achieved with regard to air passenger duty, which has long been a concern to airlines - Speech Link
3: that Transport Ministers never comment on air passenger duty, which is a matter for the Treasury, and - Speech Link
4: compatible with reducing emissions?Slashing air passenger duty across the board would make a mockery of - Speech Link
5: connectivity? We know that Flybe operates outwith ATOL—the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence scheme—so what consumer - Speech Link
6: Transport and the Treasury show that abolishing air passenger duty would lead to an increase in tax income and - Speech Link
7: succeeding. Will the Government look into that type of reform when they press on with the insolvency review, - Speech Link
8: rail is an attractive and viable alternative to air travel, certainly domestically. In places where this - Speech Link
9: successful airlines should encourage and increase air travel, not result in the reductions that are essential - Speech Link

6. Covid-19: Public Transport
02/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: transport faces significant challenges: lower passenger demand, reduced capacity as a result of social - Speech Link
2: work more closely with local authorities and to reform core funding for buses to encourage the use of - Speech Link
3: review. The noble Lord mentioned that vehicle excise duty goes into the national roads fund and that is used - Speech Link
4: transport uses air conditioning, which recirculates viruses, bacteria and other nasty things in the air. Will - Speech Link
5: put the concern of the noble Lord to rest in that air-conditioning systems exist in all sorts of circumstances; - Speech Link

7. Airports Slot Allocation (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021
19/01/2021 - Grand Committee

1: airlines with relief from the impacts of Covid-19 on passenger demand.EU regulation 2020/459 was adopted - Speech Link
2: I do not mean capacity just in terms of passenger travel, as important as that will be for business - Speech Link

8. Flybe
05/03/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: airports. The Treasury is also reviewing air passenger duty—APD—to ensure that regional connectivity - Speech Link
2: be much focus on regional connectivity and just air travel, but there are several ways of travelling - Speech Link
3: The noble Lord raises an interesting point. Air passenger duty is under review by Her Majesty’s Treasury - Speech Link
4: the Government, which included a review of air passenger duty, the review of regional services and a time-to-pay - Speech Link
5: Government arrange urgent discussions not only with other air operators and all train operators but with the devolved - Speech Link
6: manifesto to looking at devolving short-haul air passenger duty to the Northern Ireland Executive. In view - Speech Link
7: Lords, following on from the point made about passenger duty, I am sure that the Minister appreciates that - Speech Link
8: have taken a slightly different approach to passenger duty from the UK Government. Discussions with the - Speech Link

9. Frequent Flyer Airmiles Schemes
21/10/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: individual car drivers we pay 58p per litre in fuel duty, and on top of that we pay VAT. The airlines pay - Speech Link
2: point, but air passenger duty is already a tax on every flight which is directly passed on to air passengers - Speech Link
3: is that by taking this approach, whether banning air miles or making other restrictions in this fashion - Speech Link

10. Belfast International Airport
02/12/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: extensive essential flights for Royal Mail, the air ambulance, the military, security and freight. Yet - Speech Link
2: option of rail and road connections, as well as air travel; in Northern Ireland, we have no such options - Speech Link
3: people in Northern Ireland can get over here only by air—at least until the Prime Minister builds his bridge - Speech Link
4: My Lords, could the Minister look again at air passenger duty and provide us with a specific timetable - Speech Link
5: Airport to Dublin, because of the abolition of air passenger duty in the Republic. Therefore, Belfast International - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Air Passenger Duty Reform
1. No title given
asked by: Baroness Randerson
...To ask Her Majesty's Government whether deferred Air Passenger Duty relief is congruent with state aid and competition rules.

2. Flybe: Air Passenger Duty
asked by: Gavin Robinson
... how much in air passenger duty was outstanding from Flybe when the company entered administration.

3. Air Passenger Duty
asked by: Alan Brown
... what proportion of Air Passenger Duty tax collected is ring-fenced for climate change policies.

4. No title given
asked by: Baroness Randerson
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of cutting Air Passenger Duty from all domestic flights.

5. Air Passenger Duty
asked by: Nigel Evans
... what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing Air Passenger Duty by 50 per cent on (a) the number of passenger journeys and (b) air routes.

Latest Questions
5 Current APPG Officers
Sammy Wilson Portrait
Sammy Wilson
Democratic Unionist Party - East Antrim
Joined: 24th February 2020
Steve Double Portrait
Steve Double
Vice Chair
Conservative - St Austell and Newquay
Joined: 27th March 2019
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Henry Smith MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7043.


Public Enquiry Point:

Millie Hinton, Tendo Consulting, Suite 5, The Hop Exchange, 24 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TY. Tel: 020 7175 8363



Tendo Consulting acts as the group's secretariat.

Benefits in Kind
29 Jan 2020
Tendo Consulting
Tendo Consulting is paid by A Fair Tax on Flying Campaign to act as the group's secretariat   From : 29/01/2020 To : 28/01/2021
26 Feb 2019
Tendo Consulting
Tendo Consulting is paid by A Fair Tax on Flying Campaign to act as the group's secretariat   From : 26/02/2019 To : 25/02/2020

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Air Passenger Duty Reform APPG

Former APPG Officers
Gavin Robinson Portrait
Gavin Robinson
Vice Chair
Democratic Unionist Party - Belfast East
Joined: 27th March 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
Gavin Shuker Portrait
Gavin Shuker
Vice Chair
Independent - Former Member for Luton South
Joined: 27th March 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships