The Scottish Conservatives have called for Air Passenger Duty (APD) on long-haul flights to Scotland to be abolished. The issue has been raised because Scotland charges passengers the world’s highest tax on flights is economically unsustainable
Airlines have welcomed the policy announcement.
The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK), who represent 70 airlines, has come out in support of the Scottish Conservatives’ view that removing this major barrier to Scotland’s long-haul connectivity will provide a much needed boost for its economy to “go global”.
Dale Keller, chief executive of BAR UK said “This most welcome proposal by the Scottish Conservatives signals a green light for the Scottish Government to push forward with its own plans to replace APD with a new lower tax from 2018. Scotland has taken the lead on dismantling this unpopular and regressive tax, with both the Scottish Conservatives and SNP planning to completely abolish APD as soon as finances allow.”
A spokesperson for VisitScotland said: “Research shows that cutting APD would bring benefits to Scotland in the shape of increased visitor numbers and employment for local communities. We therefore welcome any reduction in APD”.
Chair of BVEP, Michael Hirst OBE added: “Any reduction or abolition in APD is very welcome and in line with our calls for greater competitiveness. We are pleased that Scotland is intent on reducing APD and that UK government has said it will review the situation post Brexit for English airports.”