After a public comment period in which over 500 entities participated, the UK Treasury elected to delay implementation of the air passenger duty (APD) on business aircraft operators until April 2013.
In a joint statement issued last week, the British Business and General Aviation Association, British Helicopter Association and European Business Aviation Association explained that some of the most harmful provisions of the APD proposal have been mitigated.
For example, the charges for business aircraft will be based on the distance of the flight, as is the case for commercial airlines. Also, business aircraft between approximately 12,500 and 44,000 pounds will be subject to the same rates as commercial airlines instead of being subject to a special higher rate.
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), British Helicopter Association (BHA) and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) are pleased to announce the outcome of the industry’s joint consultation with the UK Treasury concerning the inclusion of business aviation in Air Passenger Duty.
The UK Treasury issued their APD paper on the 6th of December. The document does not, of course, address only business aviation but also includes all aspects of APD for aviation in the UK. However, it is very encouraging that the specificities of business aviation, both fixed wing and rotary, have belatedly been recognised as a result of the industry’s joint inputs to this consultation process.