Mixed response to Scotland’s air passenger duty plan 

Posted: July 29, 2016 by oldbrew in government, Travel

Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow International Airport


What’s this – business before enviro-correctness? Shocking to some perhaps. Could be fun if Scotland’s air fares undercut England’s by a significant margin. BBC reporting.

Plans to cut and replace air passenger duty (APD) in Scotland have been met with a mixed response. The Scottish government wants to replace APD, with the tax to be reduced by 50% from April 2018 and eventually abolished.

Almost half of the 160 respondents to its consultation expressed concerns about the reduction of APD. The concerns largely centred on the potential environmental impact of an increase in air travel.

The Scottish government believes reducing APD – which is among a raft of new powers over tax being devolved to Holyrood – will help to boost Scotland’s international connectivity and contribute to sustainable growth. It has also pledged that “due consideration” will be given to environmental issues.

‘International routes’
About half of the respondents agreed with the policy objectives. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: “UK APD is one of the most expensive taxes of its kind in the world. It continues to act as a barrier to Scotland’s ability to secure new direct international routes and maintain existing ones.”

Full report: Mixed response to air passenger duty plan – BBC News

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Does anyone really believe air traffic to and from Scotland is a significant environmental problem?
    Posturing more likely.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Lets see: higher taxes to discourage air travel will work. Vacationers (and their money) along with business travelers (and their money and busnesses) will all stay away in droves… sounds like a plan…. for poverty…

  3. Roger Clague says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    July 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Lets see: higher taxes to discourage air travel will work.

    The post is about a proposal by Scotland’s government to abolish air passenger duty (APD) to encourage travel to Scotland.

    This is a good idea. It would also, due to competition, lead to lower APD in England

    When I buy a ticket for 500 pounds the tax is 300 pounds. Outrageous.

  4. Curious George says:

    It depends:
    a) if Scotland wants to be “environment friendly”, it should close all airports.
    b) Or, it should build a huge airport in Glasgow? Edinburgh? Stornoway? – to be a trans-Atlantic hub. Difficult to catch up with Dubai.

  5. oldbrew says:

    The SNP has noticed there’s such a thing as competition in the airline industry. Will England follow?

    ‘THE Scottish Government is to press ahead with plans to scrap air passenger duty (APD) despite a majority of people who responded to a public consultation raising concerns about the move.’
    http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/politics/snp-to-press-on-with-plans-to-scrap-air-passenger-duty-1-4190224

    ‘Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said APD was one of the most expensive taxes of its kind in the world and acted as a barrier to Scotland’s ability to secure new direct international routes and maintain 
existing ones…”This is a fundamental component of our efforts to boost Scotland’s economy.” ‘

  6. KeepTheRedFlagFlyingHigh says:

    I can imagine the squawks from Newcastle & Teeside, if there’s a significant cut. All private business jets would be shooting north of the border & a lot of long haul too.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Roger Clague:

    Yes, it is. Thus my snide remark about the original policy of taxing to reduce travel “working” and that the result of it “working” is empoverishment (which then leads voters to push politicians to repeal, as the story says…)

    Indirection, it’s a useful thing… and not all thing snide or snarky will have a /sarc; tag…

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