Industry Update
External Article26 March 2020

UK Airlines Demand Tax Breaks After Government Rules Out Financial Support

The major airlines are desperate for a break, but with a government that assumes they’ve deep pockets, their calls for help will likely fall on deaf ears.

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A representative body for airlines based in Britain has written to its transport minister seeking industry-specific tax and air traffic fee holidays to help survive a coronavirus pandemic that has brought air travel to a standstill.

easyJet , IAG-owned British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have no revenue coming in, forcing them to ground hundreds of planes, and putting thousands of jobs and the future of the sector at risk.

Airlines UK asked Transport Minister Grant Shapps for a six-month suspension in air passenger duty, and a waiver of air traffic control and related charges through the rest of 2020, as well as relief from EU flight compensation rules.

Read the full article at skift Inc.

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