Ryanair revealed that as a direct result of the Irish Government scrapping its own APD, the airline launched 21 new routes to/from Dublin, Knock and Shannon airports.
Whilst Chancellor George Osborne has made strides in cutting APD - including ending APD for under 12s from May and devolving the power to slash APD in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament - Ryanair's call has suggested that there is more still to be done.
As part of its plea the airline cited conclusions reached from a recent independent Pricewaterhouse Coopers study, which revealed the following potential benefits from axing UK APD:
Commenting Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:
“Ryanair democratised air travel for all consumers – it’s high time the UK Government did the same and axed the travel tax for all.”
At the end of last year Ryanair revealed that it will be implementing a refund of the APD charge for under 12s (amounting to £13 per applicable flight), for children's flights departing from the UK from March 27th 2015 onwards- a full six weeks earlier than any other airline.
The move will enable Ryanair's customers to enjoy partially APD-free holidays in time for the Easter holidays and gives an additional nod to Ryanair’s “Family Extra” service.
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Date Created: 28/01/2015