In the LibDem manifesto, there is a commitment to introduce a new Plane tax to replace Air Passenger Duty. Sounds harmless enough, you may think, but you'd be wrong.
Taking a family of four, the current short haul (0-2000 miles) tax of £88 would rise to £199.76. The same family flying long haul would see their tax rising from £400-440 to £908-998.80. That rise of 127.5% is quite nasty, but the rate rose last November so compared to last Summer, a family flying this year would face a 187.4% increase in tax if Vince Cable became Chancellor.
I am sure there are a lot of holidaymakers who will wish to thank Vince. By voting Conservative.
* APD was taking £1.9bn up to 1 November last year. The new rate (from 1 Nov) is expected to raise £2.4bn. The LibDem proposal is to add a further £3.06bn, so I averaged the increase over the current rate bands.