16 April 2013

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More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against the introduction of Air Passenger Duty, Flybe has revealed.

A petition against the introduction of Air Passenger Duty (APD) received over 2,000 signatures in three days, according to Flybe.

Europe’s largest regional airline launched the petition against the tax, which is currently thought to add £13 onto the price of every flight departing from the UK.

APD has been contentious since its beginnings, but years of successive hikes have led tourists and the travel industry alike to voice their concern.

Upon its launch in 1994, APD cost just £5 on flights to EU destinations and £10 elsewhere. However, according to the Belfast Telegraph, a family of four now pays £268 extra to cross the Atlantic.

Domestic travellers are the biggest victims - because the tax is levied on all UK departures, passengers flying between UK airports pay the tax on both legs of their journey.

From this month, APD will increase in line with inflation every year, a move which has attracted heavy criticism from the travel industry.

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