Renowned Hotelier and owner of Spice Island Beach Resort, Sir Royston Hopkin has welcomed the lowering of the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD) imposed by the British government, saying that it was long overdue in coming.
Sir Royston told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the high cost of the APD tax was affecting travel to the Caribbean because “anybody who traveling in first class club or world traveler plus had to pay a 163 pounds per person.”
“I’m very pleased that they have decided (to cut) it from next year and put it in a more equitable way because the Caribbean was at a distinct disadvantage with the APD tax,” he said.
APD is currently enforced on all flights from U.K. airports in four bands – the distance from London to the destination country’s capital city: less than 2,000 miles, 2,000 to 4,000 miles, 4,000 to 6,000 miles and more than 6,000 miles.
The two upper bands would be abolished, so that one band will cover all flights of more than 2,000 miles.
Caribbean leaders have been asking the British government to lower the APD tax for a very long time and it can be determined that the Caribbean can claim victory as flights to the Caribbean is reduced from 170 pounds to 138 pounds.