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Flight tax to be frozen - great news for UK travel sector. Mega.co.uk
Travel and leisure and airline flight providers who have themselves been expecting to squeeze a gasoline surcharge on to their flight and holiday prices to offset the rising fuel costs have accepted with open arms the news from the Chancellor that there will be a flight duty freeze within the imminent spending budget.
Thomson and Thomas Cook are preparing to include a charge to each and every traveler flying a set distance with them to help them to cope with the raised fuel charges.
This has been extremely disturbing news for an international vacation sector that is certainly currently experiencing lessened holidaymaker volumes as a result of recession. Some within the industry considered that the strategy would put a large number of UK households off reserving offshore holidays this holiday season.
Although with the much anticipated United Kingdom budget merely days away the Chancellor George Osbourne has chucked the market a lifeline suggesting that APD (air passenger duty) will likely be held. This latest press has been made welcome by both tourist firms selling flights and money strapped travelers alike.
A spokesperson for shopper deal site Mega.co.uk, stated “we have seen a huge increase in people using our site to save money on their holiday bookings recently so we know that any increase would not have been well received – we welcome this news from the Chancellor, although the travel market is still struggling and we believe the industry actually needs is a reduction the levy to help get people booking again.”
At least this news was positive for once, something that has been lacking from the travel industry recently although more needs to be done to help the market in the short term.