By Marcus Leach

Pressure is mounting on the government to scrap Air Passenger Duty (APD) as four of the country's leading airlines backed the move.

The tax, which is applied to almost every ticket on a flight originating in the UK, has risen sharply since it was introduced in 1994.

When it was first introudced this tax amounted to no more than £40 per ticket, although that rate has rocketed to £170 now.

It is being opposed by Easyjet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, all of whom say that it penalises British holidaymakers and makes the UK a less attractive destination.

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