In response to the campaign on Air Passenger Duty (APD), David said:
"The Government has continued to reform APD in the interests of passengers. Duties on long flights have been reduced and duties on short flights have been frozen, and will only rise by inflation from 2018-19. Children travelling in Economy Class are also exempt from APD. Together, these reforms provided a tax saving to the aviation sector of over £300m in 2016/17 alone.
Furthermore, there is no tax on aviation fuel or VAT charged for aviation travel. Therefore, the Government needs to ensure that the aviation sector plays its part in contributing towards general taxation through APD. Due to these duties the sector contributes £3.1 billion a year, funding that would otherwise have to be found elsewhere.
I am pleased that the aviation sector continues to grow strongly. Passenger numbers at UK airports have grown by 19 per cent since 2010 and the Government’s recent reforms to APD have helped sustain this growth."
More information about the campaign can be found here.