“The Government's consultation on APD has been a sham and a waste of taxpayers' money.
"We are left with a tax that has already cost 25,000 jobs, is doing increasing damage to the prospects for economic recovery - and sends a message to the world that Britain is a difficult and expensive place to do business.
“We are united in calling for the Government to commission an independent study of APD's overall economic value and impact. We have no doubt this would confirm that APD's negative effect on UK GDP significantly outweighs its revenue benefit for the Treasury.
“easyJet, IAG, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic call for this tax on passengers to be axed.”