Airport Operators Association welcomes Air Passenger Duty reforms

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that Air Passenger Duty is to be reformed, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association, the trade body for UK airports, said:


“It is clear the Government has recognised that Air Passenger Duty represents a growing barrier to growth and investment, putting the UK at a competitive disadvantage compared to our nearest international rivals. The Treasury, in this Budget, has acknowledged that high levels of long-haul APD compromise our ability to provide the connectivity to both existing and emerging markets that we will need if we are to win in the global race.


“This reform of APD – together with the measures announced to assist the start-up of new routes from airports around the country – is a very welcome step from the Treasury.”


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