SNP to Take Action to Grow Scotland's Economy
Today’s consultation launch follows the publication of a report last week by the British Air Transport Association showing that the UK APD rate for long haul flights is the highest in the world – a reduction in the rate by 50 per cent would see Scotland place eight places lower than the UK.
The consultation has been launched by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at Edinburgh Airport today.
Commenting, SNP MSP Mark McDonald said:
“Air Passenger Duty in the UK is set at punitive levels and is holding Scotland’s economy back – as well as hurting families simply looking to take a holiday – and I’m delighted at the launch of today’s consultation which can be the first step in reducing this unfairly high Tourism Tax, boosting our economy and creating jobs.
“We are committed to reducing APD by 50 per cent over the next Parliament, delivering cheaper flights for people in Scotland, supporting our tourism industry, creating jobs – and bringing more direct international flights to Scotland.
“An SNP government re-elected for a historic third term will always take the action required to support businesses and grow our economy – and further boosting our vital tourism sector is central to delivering this ambition.”
Amanda McMillan, chief executive of AGS Airports Limited which owns both Aberdeen and Glasgow airports, said:
“Scotland’s major airports have always had a very clear position on the importance of abolishing APD and we welcome the publication of this consultation. APD is the highest form of aviation tax in the world and its reduction, and eventual abolition, will undoubtedly play a major role in strengthening Scotland's connectivity.
“This is not just about securing new routes. APD makes it difficult to sustain existing services and we will be urging the Scottish Government to implement its promised 50% cut in APD as soon as possible to ensure our tourism industry can continue to flourish and Scotland’s economy can thrive.”
Further details can be found here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Air-Passenger-Duty-23c8.aspx