UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, who had been considering replacing the Air Passenger Duty with a direct "per-plane" fee levied on airlines, yesterday made the surprise announcement that the APD will remain under a new scheme that will impose ascending fees on passengers based on the distance travelled to/from UK airports. Darling explained to parliament that he has developed "a four-band [APD] system ensuring those that travel further and have a larger environmental impact ...

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