23 JULY 2012

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Article from BTNews 23 JULY 2012

A Fair Tax on Flying

The Fair Tax on Flying campaign is gaining much momentum, even with the Olympics as competition.  It is expected to pass the 100,000 email marker shortly.

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group are the latest organisations to throw their weight behind the mission which is calling for a major Treasury review into the impact of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on the UK economy.  Chris Fletcher of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce said: “We fully support A Fair Tax on Flying’s 2012 campaign and we will be encouraging businesses and travellers in the North West to make the case to their MPs.”

The campaign is already backed by the Taxpayers' Alliance and the Institute of Directors, and organisers say that they are set to announce support from other leading business groups over the next few days. 

Jerry Blackett, CEO of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group said: “The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group is wholeheartedly behind the campaign for A Fair Tax on Flying.  Perversely the markets that we need to be exporting to, China, India, Brazil and Mexico for example, incur some of the highest levels of APD.  If we are serious about an export-led recovery then we need to ensure our aviation taxes are competitive and fair”. www.facebook.com/afairtaxonflying

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