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UK Air Freight Carriers & New Tax
Air freight carriers in the United Kingdom could be brought to their knees by the impact if the UK coalition government's plan to try to tackle Britain's growing deficit and need to reduce greenhouse emissions by scraping previous plans to implement an Air Passenger Duty in favour of a per plane tax becomes reality, according to members of a recently launched campaign to oppose the UK coalition government's most recent plans. The United Kingdom's coalition government announced their change of plans a few days ago, but in the meantime the response has been pronounced and noticeable as the idea has energized the air freight carrier industry of the United Kingdom to let the government know that they think this is a bad idea.

The coalition government of the United Kingdom has called for calm and has made sure to comment that no firm plans have been made and that this idea would have a lot of hoops to jump through, before it could become reality. The government did comment that they believe that this new tax would help streamline air freight carrier traffic, since it would target inefficient planes and discourage airlines from flying half-empty planes.

The air freight industry of the United Kingdom on the other hand finds it hard to believe that the coalition government thinks the air freight industry can afford to schedule half-empty flights, considering the price of jet fuel, and the financial problems the air freight industry is already experiencing. That apparently the coalition government of the United Kingdom doesn't understand the realities of life in the air freight industry and their plans could actually do damage to the air freight industry of the United Kingdom during a time when the air is already rough enough.

The coalition government of the United Kingdom does appear to be falling back on the age old solution to deficits, increase taxes, but it could be time to begin thinking of new ways of solving old problems with money. Surely, there must be other ways of raising the money needed to solve the deficit problems of the United Kingdom, rather than implementing another tax to freight-only air services. Air freight carriers will surely start to look at alternate airports on the continent in order to save money, taking their business with them, and one could hardly blame them for doing so. This could in fact take a considerable amount of money out of the coffers of the United Kingdom at a time when they're trying to add to the treasury.
Posted on 09 Jun 2010 by Momentum

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