ADP reform will "make the UK an attractive option for business visitors"

Air passenger duty (ADP) will be reduced for some long-haul destinations from April 2015, chancellor George Osborne announced as part of the 2014 Budget yesterday (March 19).  

According to, Mr Osborne explains that the ADP reform will be particularly beneficial to British businesses and help them “strengthen links with high growth markets, and go further to make the UK an attractive option for business visitors and tourists.”

From next year, bands C and D of ADP will be ditched, meaning anyone travelling to a long-haul destination, such as China or Brazil, will only have to pay band B ADP. This means a passenger travelling economy will save around £23 and about £46 will be saved on a first class ticket, reports

Tzell UK director, Barry Whittaker, says current tax rates are holding back some British businesses.

“Today’s news is a positive step for UK business, airlines, airports and travellers,” he states. “A vibrant air travel sector is crucial to the UK economy. It allows our businesses and travellers to connect with new markets, prospects and customers.”

Building relationships with markets on the other side of the world could result in an increase of international travellers, as more businesses would likely come to the UK to meet with their new partners.