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.
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