14 January 2020
DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has said the renewed debate about scrapping Air Passenger Duty (APD) is long overdue.
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
Mr Wilson said,
“APD is an unnecessary tax which was introduced for all the wrong reasons and is deeply damaging to connectivity for geographically outlying parts of the United Kingdom. It is high time is was scrapped completely.
If the Government really wants to spread economic growth, even in this digital age, connectivity is of critical importance. With much focus of investment on the South East, other regions need reliable and competitive links to London and the rest of the world.
Also for a Government which emphasises its commitment to the Union, it is time they recognised that APD places Northern Ireland airports at a disadvantage to their rivals in the Republic of Ireland.
This tax is a punishment on outlying regions and an unfair tax on regular commuters. Considering the scrapping of APD was part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement. A report was completed but Treasury refused to scrap it. Once again with FlyBe we are seeing the impact of this inhibiting tax.”