Flybe backs Scottish Government plans to cut Air Departure Tax

18th September 2017

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, announces its support for the Scottish Government’s proposal to halve the tax it levies on passengers taking short-haul regional flights.


With the new Air Departure Tax set to replace UK Air Passenger Duty in Scotland from April 2018, Flybe is backing this opportunity to boost the use of Scottish airports and improve the country’s economic competitiveness. Airlines will be better placed to offer lower fares, a more varied choice of routes and a larger number of flights to, from and within Scotland.


In its submission to the Scottish Government’s consultation on achieving a 50% reduction in the tax, Flybe argues that easing the tax burden on short-haul passengers is the best way to grow the number of business and tourist travellers visiting Scotland and ensure a sustainable future for vital regional routes.


Flybe is also calling for action on the double tax faced by those customers who are penalised by having to pay the levy on both legs of their journey when flying a return UK domestic journey.


Commenting on the Scottish Government’s proposal, Simon McNamara, Flybe Director of Communications, said: “Flybe operates over 1,000 flights a week in Scotland and so it is a hugely important market for us and we strongly support the Government's plan to halve ADT. Ultimately we support the total removal of ADT as we believe this would enhance Scotland's position even more, increase connectivity, and help to spread economic growth across the country.”