Take a look: the proposed UK increase in airline taxes on UK-to-US flights seems rather excessive to me.
Ministers are planning to sharply increase the amount of money raised from airline taxes in a move that will net an extra £520 million annually. Airlines - already struggling to deal with record fuel prices - calculate that the tax per person on a flight to America or other long-haul destinations will rise from £40 to about £100 from next year. The levy will be passed on to passengers.That's a LOT. And I'm not liking the endless stream of enviro-pious news and measures coming out of the UK. What's going on over there?
Oh, I'm just LOVING this bit from the 6-page letter of complaint sent by the US Embassy to the British government:
"The Treasury's proposal, although cast as an environmental measure, appears in reality to constitute nothing more than a device for generating additional revenue from the airline community."Another instance of possible green-tinged overreach? Quelle surprise.