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NITA spearheading campaign in N.I. for reduction in APD tax | News

Posted 15 Oct, 2018

Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance supports the A Fair Tax On Flying campaign, which is calling for a decisive cut of at least 50% in Air Passenger Duty (APD) and calling on its members to support a campaign calling for the reduction in APD tax by using this link http://www.afairtaxonflying.org/getinvolved/ to email your MP urging them to support a cut in UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) to help protect the jobs and prosperity supported by tourism in Northern Ireland and the wider UK.

APD is a per passenger tax levied on flights departing from airports in the United Kingdom. It’s the highest tax of its kind in the world and markedly higher than our European neighbours. The effects of the UK’s exorbitant APD rate are particularly pernicious in Northern Ireland, as Belfast’s airports have found themselves unable to compete since the Republic’s equivalent tax was set at £0.

A cut would massively improve the connectivity of Northern Ireland’s airports - and enhance its tourism industry more broadly - as potential routes become more competitive relative to European alternatives.

Everyone that uses the link to email their MP makes the campaign stronger and increases the pressure on the Chancellor ahead of the autumn Budget. Please use the link and share this message with colleagues and friends and family.

The Fair Tax on Flying campaign is backed by a coalition of airlines and transport organisations including ABTA (The Travel Association), Airlines UK, the Airport Operator’s Association and the association of foreign airlines that operate in the UK known as BAR, the Board of Airline Representatives.