Airlines call for Air Passenger Duty to be scrapped21 November 2011
Four airlines from the UK and Irish Republic are calling for the UK government to scrap Air Passenger Duty (APD).
The tax, which is applied to almost every ticket on a flight originating in the UK, has risen sharply since it was introduced in 1994.
When APD was introduced, passengers whose journey originated in the UK paid between Â£5 and Â£40 per ticket. They now have to pay from Â£24 to Â£170.
It is opposed by Easyjet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.
The airlines say it penalises British holidaymakers and makes the UK a less attractive destination.