MIDDLE EAST: TIACA warns UK against new flight fee
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has warned that a rumored move by the UK government to replace the existing Airline Passenger Duty with a new per-aircraft flight fee would result in higher taxation across the air cargo supply chain, increased costs for manufacturers and consumers and deliver no new environmental benefits. TIACA is adding […]
July 1, 2010
TIACA is adding its voice to those of national associations in the UK, stating that such a change in legislation would see all flights assessed, including all-cargo operations.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We understand that governments have a responsibility to protect the environment but if such shift did take place in the UK, the reasons behind it are flawed,Ã¢â‚¬Â said TIACA secretary general Daniel Fernandez. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It would also set a precedent that other countries may follow and further impede the air cargo industryÃ¢â‚¬™s ability to meet the needs of global manufacturers and consumers.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We understand the per-plane fee would ostensibly be imposed for environmental reasons, as a means of addressing aviation emissions of greenhouse gases. While details of the proposed new fee structure are not publicly available, we believe it is unlikely that any of the revenues derived would be directed to environmental betterment and are more likely to go to UK general funds.