Britain’s air links are eighth best in world

 
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BRITAIN’S air transport network is rated eighth best on the planet, beating most of Europe and the United States, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

But the UK is seen as the second most expensive country in the world for taxes on air travel.

Only Chad came below the UK in a poll published by the think tank. Swaziland came top, followed by Iran, Luxembourg and Puerto Rico.

Airline bosses said the figures showed that air passenger duty, which is set to rise to £188m on some long-haul flights next month, is denting the UK’s global reputation.

“This isn’t just a blow to our national pride but demonstrates the unjustified level of air passenger duty and… provides further evidence that the chancellor must take action in the Budget on this destructive tax,” said the chief executives of EasyJet, Ryanair, Virgin and IAG in a statement.

In the WEF annual survey of travel and tourism, the UK came 22nd on quality of ground transport, 12th on ports and 16th on railways.