Scottish airports urge government to review APD tax

Hotel News - 01/11/2012

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Scotland’s biggest air gateways are calling on the government to review the Air Passenger Duty tax.

Head officials from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have written the chancellor to take a fresh look at the tax, according to a BBC report issued on Thursday.

The news comes after recent report commissioned by the three facilities said that the duty – which remains one of the highest anywhere in the world – could cause the Scottish economy lose some two million airline travellers within the next three years in addition to some £210 million in tourism revenue lost each year.

However, the UK Treasury has since said that passenger totals have increased since 2011 and that the new rates enacted in the spring only increased most airline tickets by around one pound.

But Edinburgh airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said to media that the tax is now at a “tipping point” which could mean that its benefits will soon be outweighed by negative effects.

Similarly, managing director Amanda McMillan said on behalf of Glasgow airport that the APD continues to make airline routes to Scotland “unviable” and “decimates” the country from the rest of the world.

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