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Travelers 'support reform of UK Air Passenger Duty'

The majority of travelers want to see reforms made to Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the UK, it has been revealed.

A recent survey carried out by YouGov found that 80 per cent of people want to see the tax overhauled.

At present, private jets, cargo planes and foreign passengers changing flights are exempt from APD.

Of those surveyed, 65 per cent said the tax should apply to travelers from overseas, while 80 per cent said it should include all flights.

Commenting on the findings, Andy Harrison, chief executive of easyJet, said: "APD is a daft tax that the government promised to reform. It broke its promise and increased the tax burden on the average family instead."

Passengers travelling on short-haul flights from the UK currently pay £10 in APD. However, this will rise to £11 from November 1st and increase further to £12 in November 2010.

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