Chancellor doubles air duty

Hotel News - 03/01/2007

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Gordon Brown has decided that the best way to cut dangerous ommisions to the atmosphere is to charge passengers a higher duty when they take to the skies. The price rise will come into force in February and will mean that a ticket in the lower price range will increase by £5 to £10, in first class the duty will double to £80 and cabins in between will see a rise of £10 to £20. Many people felt that the Chancellor was merely using the rise as a way to bring in more money than to aid the environment. Although Stephen Nelson, chief executive of BAA said that he thought the £2bn that will be bought in a year will cover the cost of "aviation's environmental inpact".

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