Flybe says it will pay the Government’s Air Passenger Duty departure tax on behalf of customers making new bookings online between April 5-9 across 116 routes effective for travel between October 27, 2013 and October 25, 2014.

This limited time ‘tax rebate’ effectively lowers one way fares by £13, and by £26 on return UK domestic fares.

The move follows last month’s Budget where the Chancellor did not cut the UK’s air taxes, leaving them the highest in Europe. By giving passengers an equivalent ‘tax rebate’, the airline says it is highlighting just how much APD adds to the cost of flying in the UK, indicating how punitive the tax is not only to those travelling for leisure but also for those conducting business so necessary to the country’s economic success and development.

Flybe will be presenting a petition to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling upon him to introduce a fair deal for UK domestic aviation and is asking customers to show their support by signing the petition at www.flybe.com/taxrebate

Andrew Strong, managing director Flybe UK said: “The entire aviation industry was disappointed that, in the face of compelling evidence, the Chancellor did nothing in last month’s budget to lower UK APD which remains the highest in Europe. The Government penalises domestic passengers who have to pay double the tax, while those flying abroad pay just once because APD is a departure tax from a UK airport and that can’t be fair. 

“Many UK travellers prefer to fly rather than use any other means of transport and in many cases, often have no access to convenient or affordable options. This is why we are hoping that our limited time ‘tax rebate’ will not only help people to save money but also raise awareness of just how much this ‘double dip’ tax is costing them.

“Flybe operates more domestic flights than any other airline in the UK and its services help drive the economies of the UK regions, On behalf of our passengers, we vow to continue putting pressure on the Government to re-consider this punitive and unfair tax.

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