An expected increase in Air Passenger Duty rates has caused fresh outcry from airport operators throughout the UK.

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An expected increase in Air Passenger Duty rates has caused fresh outcry from airport operators throughout the UK.

Reports said on Monday that the government was to introduce yet another increase to the tax on Wednesday during Chancellor George Osbourn’s Autumn Statement. The new rise will reportedly increase the levy by some 2.5 per cent, with the change going into effect beginning in April.

Now, officials from the Airport Operators Association (AOA) are furious over the rise. The news comes just after the organisation released a report claiming that the UK’s APD rates – which remain the highest in the world – will result in a decline in a significant passenger traffic over the next several years.

Among complaints from the 26 airports including in the survey, several say they have lost routes. Officials from Gatwick said that the airport recently lost Air Asia’s nonstop low-cost link to Kuala Lumpur due to the most recent APD rise, whilst Glasgow airport said it has seen airlines cut routes to Oslo, Stockholm, Stansted, Dublin, Bournemouth, Gothenburg and Belfast as a result.

APD rates have seen a number of hikes in recent years, with some rising by as much as 360 per cent in the last half-decade.

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