Budget 2013: The airlines' view

"I’m very disappointed that the tax on flying, already the highest in the world, will increase yet again this year and next. These rises in air passenger duty show the emptiness of rhetoric on boosting exports to emerging economies and building the most competitive tax system in the world. Increasing this alarmingly uncompetitive tax on business, trade, and inbound tourism beggars belief. The evidence clearly suggests that abolition would deliver growth, create 60,000 jobs and pay for itself through higher receipts from other taxes."

CAROLYN MCCALL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF EASYJET