26 JUNE 2017


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Article from BTNews 26 JUNE 2017

Airlines UK backs ADT move

Passing of the final stage and approval of the Air Departure Tax (ADT) Bill in the Scottish Parliament was welcomed last week in a statement from Airlines UK, the industry body that represents UK carriers.

“At a time when competitor nations are busy reducing or abolishing their own versions of the Air Departure Tax – including Ireland, which has seen a surge in new routes and passengers since it took action to make its airports more competitive – it will make little sense for Scotland to put itself at a disadvantage by continuing to levy sky-high taxes on aviation," the group said.

“The airline sector has been clear that taking action on ADT will make a big difference to businesses and families – and provide a welcome boost to the Scottish tourism industry.

“Our members would see Scotland – a key market for them already – as an even more attractive destination to add capacity and put on new routes.

“Importantly, this could also be done in a way that is environmentally sustainable – thanks to the huge and continuing investment airlines are making in cleaner, quieter aircraft and the ambitious carbon reduction targets the industry – encompassing airlines, airports, manufacturers and others – has signed up to.”


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