There had been hopes that the consultation would lead in some changes to APD. But they were dashed when the Government ruled out an concessions to passengers and the airline industry.
It confirmed that the eight per cent rise announced by George Osborne, the Chancellor, last week, will go ahead.
This will mean, for example, that a family of four flying to the United States will have to pay £260 in APD, a rise of £20 – or £5 a person.
The Treasury decided against reducing the number of bands from four to two or three which would have seen APD cut on the longest routes.
It also refused to deal with the anomaly which, because the rate is based on the flying distance to a country’s capital city, means that a holidaymaker pays more in APD for a trip to the Caribbean than to Hawaii.
The Government has also refused to reclassify “premium economy” cabins, which are popular with families who are prepared to pay more for a few inches of extra leg room.
Despite intense lobbying passengers in these seats will be charged the same rate of APD as those flying in the rather more luxurious business and first class seats.
British Airways said the Government's refusal to grant any concessions on APD meant that it was now likely to take on only half the 800 new recruits it had planned next year.
"The Government talks about creating the conditions for jobs and growth – but the reality is the opposite,” said Keith Williams, BA’s chief executive.
“Its tax policy, which is uniquely hostile to aviation, is costing jobs and growth at British Airways
The results of the consultation were dismissed as “a sham and a waste of taxpayers' money” by the heads of easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and IAG, British Airways’ parent company.
They added: "We are left with a tax that has already cost 25,000 jobs, is doing increasing damage to the prospects for economic recovery – and sends a message to the world that Britain is a difficult and expensive place to do business.
Darren Caplan, the Airport Operators’ Association chief executive added: “At a time when many other European countries are reducing or scrapping APD – and when the UK already has the highest level of aviation tax anywhere in the world – holidaymakers, business people and the travelling public will face even higher flying costs.”
was equally scathing. “What an appalling waste of public money this has been,” said Simon Buck chief executive of the British Air Transport Association.
“We are now left with a distorting iniquitous tax which, as the Government now has finally admitted, is about raising money and has nothing to do with the environment.”
A Treasury spokesman defended the Government's decision. “Given that any reform of the APD banding would need to be fiscally neutral, it would inevitably lead to passengers to Europe and North America – the bulk of those who pay APD - paying more for flights. We have therefore decided against a costly and disruptive overhaul of APD at this time."