According to recent reports, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is planning to increase air passenger duty to reinforce major planned spending for the UK's air transport sector. A white paper on air travel is expected at around the same time at the Chancellor's Autumn statement, and while is it thought to be proposing the building of at least one new runway in the South of England, the Chancellor is thought to believe that he must increase the tax on air travel to placate the green lobby. The air passenger duty is levied on every flight departing from British airports. It ranges from £5 per person for European economy travel to £40 per person for club class outside of Europe. It raises more than £800 million per year.

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