Anti-APD lobby group A Fair Tax on Flying is urging businesses to sign a petition against the high levels of aviation tax in the UK.
The group, which includes tourism and business travel members, has launched an online petition aimed at showing the government how much damage APD is doing to the UK’s business sector.
The petition states: “As APD continues to increase each year, our competitive position gets worse, not better. In the current economic climate, the government should be making it easier for companies like ours to travel overseas to win new business.”
The petition, which can be seen at afairtaxonflying.org/business, is open to both UK and international businesses. Businesses can also add their names to letters to their local MP and chancellor George Osborne which will be sent by alliance later this summer.
GTMC chief executive Paul Wait said: “As the voice of the business traveller, the GTMC is wholly supportive of A Fair Tax on Flying.
“Our members are all too aware of how much of a burden APD is to those companies travelling to “do the deals” that stimulate jobs and growth in the UK. It is vital that the perspective of business is heard in Westminster and that government charts a course that removes self-imposed barriers to trade.”
Rates of APD went up again in April and there is another rise due to come into effect from April 2014.