A letter today in the Times, signed by over 20 Businessmen, Pop Stars and Sportsmen slammed Chancellor George Osbourne’s plans to impose duty on flying in private jets as an “attack on employment”.
“It is expensive enough as it is, with the purchase of the planes, the maintenance and landing fees of £1500 and upwards. However, adding £12 per passenger for a short hop to Barcelona could cost as much as £72 to even the most modestly sized G6”
A spokesman for Harrods Aviation confirmed that plans were already afoot to reduce the workforce at their Luton base. “We think that by downsizing our valet team from 4 to 2 we may be able to keep our services affordable. I'm afraid these are just the realities of the trickle-down effect. We have considered outsourcing, but the security checks required to get an airside pass seemed to put off the companies we approached.”
Victoria Beckham is reported in today’s Sun to have written to her two Nannies saying they will be liable to pay their own APD in future, and in another shock move MacLaren F1 driver Lewis Hamilton announced he was to begin taking flying lessons so that their pilot “could be released to look for other career opportunities”. Reports that Ron Dennis has applied for a Easyjet Fasttrack pass were denied by the company.