UK Pushes for Tax on Bizjet Flights
The UK government is contemplating taxing business-jet passengers in a process that would mirror the countryÕs existing airline passenger duty (APD). A decision on the proposed per-passenger tax will be made in June, and if approved could be implemented as soon as this fall. An initial consultation document implies that exemptions might be granted for aircraft with a takeoff weight of less than 5.7 metric tons (12,566 pounds) and also for business aircraft used for functions such as medical evacuation. The government has indicated that it might remove the existing Ònot carried for rewardÓ exemption from the APD rules to allow it to tax non-commercial business aircraft flights. The per-passenger rate is expected to be £170, the current APD top rate for first-class, long-haul airline tickets.