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Glasgow Airport welcomes draft legislation on APD devolution

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Glasgow Airport has welcomed the UK Government’s report ‘Scotland in the United Kingdom: An enduring settlement’, which sets out draft legislation that will allow the devolution of Air Passenger Duty to the Scottish Parliament.

APD is the highest air passenger tax in the world, and in addition to costing Scotland over two million passengers per annum, a 2012 report, commissioned by Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports, warned that by 2016 APD will cost the Scottish economy up to £210 million in lost tourism spend per annum.

Glasgow Airport, together with Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports, made the case for the devolution of APD to the Scottish Parliament to the Smith Commission in November 2014.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said:

"We very much welcome the announcement contained in this report that Air Passenger Duty (APD) is to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. 

“APD is the highest form of aviation tax in the world, artificially depressing demand and dissuading airlines from flying to and from Scotland.  Giving the Scottish Parliament full control over APD will play a major role in strengthening Scotland's connectivity and will help to boost our economy.

"It is vital that this policy move is progressed as soon as possible to ensure our tourism industry can continue to flourish and Scotland’s economy can thrive.”


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