BUDGET 2011: easyJet response to George Osbourne’s private jet passenger tax

THE CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer unveiled today (March 23) that private jet users will have to pay an air passenger duty (APD) for the first time.

Responding to George Osbourne’s Budget, easyJet’s Chief Executive, Carolyn McCall, said it was a step in the right direction to tax passengers and to postpone a rise in APD.

“The continued omission of transfer passengers from APD undermines what the Coalition promised to achieve by replacing it with a fairer, greener per plane tax,” she said. “

By removing this subsidy to foreign transfer passengers, four out of five British travellers would be better off.

“easyJet supports the Government’s desire to be the ‘greenest Government ever’ and will continue to campaign in favour of a fundamental review of APD.”