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Scottish Airport Passenger Duty Devolution Conflicts with the UK’s New Northern Tourism Fund
23 Jan 2015

Scottish Airport Passenger Duty Devolution Conflicts with the UK’s New Northern Tourism Fund

Yesterday’s release of the Smith Settlement for Scotland devolves responsibility for Air Passenger Duty to the Scottish Parliament, which has previously stated that it will immediately halve this tax and look to abolish it in the future. The Tourism Alliance, of which the RDO UK Chapter is a member, has stated in a press release issued today that it views APD as a tax on the country’s export earnings and therefore welcomes the Scottish Parliament’s approach. However, it has warned Westminster that APD needs to be cut for English and Welsh airports to avoid distorting the tourism market and rendering the...