This document summarises the responses to the consultation and sets out the Government’s response.
At Budget 20111, the Government launched a consultation on Air Passenger Duty (APD) to explore the scope for improving the fairness and efficiency of the current system. The consultation document recognised the important contribution of the aviation sector to the UK economy and raised a number of specific questions on the future structure of APD, whilst stressing the need to maintain revenues from the aviation sector. To make APD fairer, the Government also announced plans to extend APD to business jets for the first time.
The consultation closed on 17 June 2011 having received over 500 responses from the aviation sector, domestic and international tourism, other business sectors and consumers. As part of the consultation process, a number of meetings were also held with stakeholders, including with representatives of the business aviation sector. These meetings proved useful in building the Government’s understanding of the key issues and concerns of stakeholders. A full list of respondents is provided at annex D.
This document summarises the responses to the consultation and sets out the Government’s response. Each of the five questions raised in the consultation is addressed, as well as other relevant issues highlighted by stakeholders.