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Flybe Welcomes Key Air Passenger Duty Debate At Holyrood

3rd June 2014

Unfair tax continues to hit consumers and harms economic growth, says leading regional airline.

Flybe has welcomed MSPs’ efforts to examine the issue of unfair Air Passenger Duty during a key Scottish Parliamentary debate today (3 June).
 
The UK’s largest regional airline says that scrapping the controversial tax on air travel is long overdue and hopes Holyrood can make significant progress on the issue.
 
The UK Government has made changes to the Air Passenger Duty (APD) banding, which will see a reduction in taxation for passengers travelling on long haul flights from next year - Flybe believes that is not enough.
 
It continues to call on the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the UK Government to urgently scrap the tax which hits consumers, harms tourism, and hurts economic growth.
 
Last year, a World Economic Forum (WEF) report showed the UK has the highest aviation taxes in the world.
 
However, Flybe believes that today’s Holyrood debate represents a fresh opportunity to examine the economic impact of APD.
 
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s Chief Executive, said:
 
“We welcome today’s debate as an important step towards rectifying this taxation which places us, as a UK regional airline, at a competitive disadvantage and continues to damage Scotland’s aspirations for economic growth.
 
“Across the aviation industry, scrapping Air Passenger Duty would not only incentivise airlines to provide new routes and enhance travel for Scotland’s passengers, it would also significantly boost business and the economy.
 
“Scottish business people and consumers have had to count the cost of paying this tax twice when travelling domestically to an English airport – a disproportionate financial penalty which must not be allowed to continue.
 
“New destinations going hand-in-hand with considerably more passengers can only mean one thing – growth – and the incentive to capitalise on Scotland’s rich tourism experience and established business sector, with more employment and investment, has to be a major consideration in today’s debate.”