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20 September 2011

FLYBE STATEMENT REGARDING CHANCELLOR’S AIR PASSENGER DUTY ANNOUNCEMENT

Andrew Strong, Managing Director, Flybe UK said, “Flybe welcomes the Chancellor’s acknowledgement that air services from the UK’s regions are impacted by the high price of Air Passenger Duty (APD).  Indeed we look forward to the Treasury expanding these plans so that other lifeline regional routes, including domestic lifeline routes, may receive a differential rate of APD.  Given Northern Ireland’s status as an airline-dependent region, such a move would be a real boost for potential inward investment and the local economy in general.  It is nothing short of scandalous that domestic passengers travelling to and from the province should be hit not once but twice by this tax unlike Europe-bound travellers who only pay once.  In addition, Flybe welcomes the Chancellor’s move to devolve APD to Stormont, which is something we explicitly called for earlier this year, the only airline to do so.”