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'We need level playing field on air passenger tax with Scotland' airport chiefs urge

June 14, 2017 5:34 PM
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'We need level playing field on air passenger tax with Scotland' airport chiefs urge

Nick Jones, CEO of Newcastle Airport has renewed calls for Government to cut passenger tax after Scotland slashes duty

Airport chiefs have repeated calls for a level playing field for English airports with Scotland on Air Passenger Duty (APD).

Scotland has brought in its Air Departure Tax Bill as a replacement for APD and committed to reducing it from 2018.

Airports in the North could be particularly affected - and Newcastle Airport has urged the Government to “at least match” any reductions in Scotland across the rest of the country.

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of the airport said politicians and political parties from various parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland, are in favour of abolishing APD.

He said: “The issue of APD is a particular concern for airports in northern England, as the devolved Scottish government has been given the authority to reform and reduce the burden of APD north of the border.

“We also recognise that it is an issue for airports in Northern Ireland.

“Given the impact of changes to APD in Scotland on both the Airport and the North East economy is so great, we would urge the government to agree a national solution.

“That way, we’ve got a fair system without market distortions and a level playing field throughout the UK.”

Source: gazettelive.co.uk

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