Budget: Britain cuts taxes on flights

Loondon. To jump-start the national economy, the UK government is reducing taxes on UK domestic flights. “Right now, people are paying more for roundtrip flights between the four parts of the country than for flights from abroad,” Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said at the London budget presentation on Wednesday.

Just days before the start of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, it announced that it would reduce the passenger tax for these connections from April 2023. At the same time, very long-haul flight costs are expected to rise from 8,850 kilometers. “Less than 5 percent of passengers will pay less, but those who fly further will pay more,” Sunak said in his semi-annual budget speech.

The project is also seen as an attempt to strengthen ties between different parts of the UK. In Scotland in particular, London’s calls for separation have been strongest since Brexit.

The opposition criticized the announcement. “At least the bankers who drink champagne on short haul flights will applaud this budget,” said Labor finance expert Rachel Reeves.

In addition, Sunak promised increased public spending and tax cuts. The UK is currently struggling with supply shortages due to labor shortages, which is also a consequence of Brexit. Here, however, Sunak only vaguely announced that the government would take action against this.

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