ABTA claims that the increase in air passenger duty will harm the tourism industry.

Travellers booking flights to Australia or planning holidays to Thailand could have to pay nearly double the amount of air passenger taxes by the end of next year.

ABTA has joined a growing number of travel industry experts calling on the government to scrap the planned increases to air passenger duty.

Families and those travelling on a budget are among the people likely to be worst affected by the changes, ABTA claims.

The travel association also believes the tax hike will lead to a reduction in the number of flights available from regional airports.

ABTA is calling on people to voice their opposition to the tax increases by signing up to a petition via the association’s website.

Earlier this week, Perry Wilson, founder of travel insurance provider InsureandGo, claimed that the government was “using the environment as an excuse to make money from people travelling.”

Written by Alex Cochrane

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