Warning after Scotland gets power over APD

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ABTA is urging the UK Government to keep APD

Warning after Scotland gets power over APD

ABTA is urging the Government to make sure its keeps Air Passenger Duty consistent across the UK after a decision was finalised to devolve power to charge APD to the Scottish Parliament.

The long-expected decision means that the Scottish Government can decide whether to cut APD from Scottish airports.

This, says ABTA, is good news for passengers flying from Scotland and for Scottish airports, but will come at a cost to the competitiveness of airports in England, particularly those in the north.

"A cut in one part of the UK is unacceptable and the most competitive rate should be matched for the benefit of the whole of UK plc and all UK consumers," said CEO Mark Tanzer.

"APD is a damaging tax that puts the UK at a competitive disadvantage - whatever steps the Scottish Government take following today's announcement, we urge the UK Government to take the initiative now, review the impact of this damaging tax, and cut it to bring it in line with our neighbours.

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Franc Jeffrey, CEO of EQ Travel Management says:

"As a TMC with clients throughout the UK, we feel strongly that this is a tax that should be evaluated at a UK Government level.  Should Scotland alone reduce APD when the potential damage to airports in the north of England, Newcastle and Manchester, is potentially huge.  This has been proven in Northern Ireland, where travellers could drive south to Dublin and travel from an airport who’s tax was just €3.00 this forcing the government to react and lower its APD in November 2011.

At its worst APD has increased 3780% in less than ten years on a flight to Australia.  While we admire the Scottish Governments willing to address this issue, we feel that it’s a question that should be should be addressed as UK Government level with a few to brining the cost of working in or doing business with “UK Plc” back in to line with that of our European neighbours".