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The United Kingdom (UK) Jamaican community is being urged to continue to lobby the British Government for a review of the Airline Passenger Duty (APD) in terms of how it applies to Jamaica and other Caribbean destinations.
High Commissioner His Excellency Burchell Whiteman said that while petitions for changes have not yet yielded a positive response from the UK authorities, persons should continue to lobby their British Members of Parliaments (MPs).
“The proposal is that you should write again, because in November there will be a pre-budget statement on the spending for the next financial year. In addition, seeing that we have not had a change (in the APD) for this financial year, we want that come 2010/11. The thrust is to try to get us in the same band as America. They are not going to take it off all together but we want it to be more equitable,” Mr. Whiteman said.
He was speaking on Tuesday evening (Sept. 22) at a Jamaica Diaspora UK community leaders meeting, which was held at the Jamaican High Commission in London.
The Jamaican community in the UK has been supporting the Jamaican Government’s call for the APD to be reviewed, arguing that the proposal, as it stands, places Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean at a disadvantage.
The revised tax places long haul destinations like Jamaica in one of the highest bands, with economy class passengers facing a tax of

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