Airlines UK response to comments from the Scottish Conservatives on Air Departure Tax

October 23rd, 2018

Responding to comments from the Scottish Conservatives today on the need to reduce Air Departure Tax, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said:

“Aviation in Scotland is crying out for this cut and it is now up to both governments to bang some heads together and put an end to this legal wrangling. Action on APD would be the single best way to stimulate demand for new routes and boost connectivity to Scotland’s airports. We know that Scotland has lost some routes this year and it’s little surprise when you consider that passengers are charged up to £78 just to leave the country – it makes Scotland uncompetitive with the rest of Europe and with Brexit on the horizon it makes little sense when we need to be reaching out to the world now more than ever.”