13th March 2015

APD ‘principal threat’ to smaller airports

A new House of Commons report has made clear that Air Passenger Duty (APD) is the ‘principal threat’ to smaller airports in Scotland – highlighting the need for action to protect Scotland’s aviation sector from the impact of the stifling tax.

The report from the Transport Committee found that APD “directly affects the growth and viability of smaller airports” and that “several airlines decided either not to route to the UK or to fly less frequently because of APD.”

This report comes in the aftermath of David Thomas, a regional director of American Airlines, saying that APD is “stifling demand” on flights between Scotland and the United States – and a report by Edinburgh Airport showing that the Scottish Government’s position of reducing APD by 50 per cent would initially support 800 new jobs and boost the economy.

A strong team of SNP MPs elected in May will force Westminster to deliver strong package of economic and job-creating powers – including over APD – to allow us to build a stronger economy, further boost employment and deliver a better deal for passengers.

Local SNP candidate for Stirling, Steven Paterson said:

Steven Paterson

Parliamentary candidate Steven Paterson

“The tourism industry is huge in the Stirling area. Devolution of Air Passenger Duty so that the Scottish Government can first reduce and then abolish this Tourist Tax would be a major boost for the local economy of this area. 

This was promised by the Calman Commission but not delivered by the UK Government. It is now promised by the Smith Commission and must be delivered as quickly as possible to boost this important sector.”