21 MARCH 2016
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As the representative body for all the major UK airports the Airport Operators Association has to take a balanced view and this includes the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax.
Responding to the Budget Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of AOA, said:
“It is extremely disappointing that the Chancellor has once again failed to provide the clarity that airports have been looking for by setting out his thinking on devolved APD. The Treasury has had eight months to take a decision on the devolution of APD to Wales – the failure to take this decision means further delay in setting out how a reduction in APD in one part of the UK will impact on airports, airlines and passengers throughout the country. How much longer do we have to wait?
“The many airports that stand to lose out as a result of the devolution process will be very unhappy with today’s delay.
“We’re also disappointed that the Treasury has not taken this opportunity to reduce the overall rate of APD so that it is no higher than that of our closest European competitors. Doing so would have resulted in more people travelling, more jobs, more business and as a result higher tax revenues for the Treasury from increased economic activity.” www.gov.uk/guidance/air-passenger-duty
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