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APD cut key for economic growth

The Scottish Government has today acknowledged the feedback it has received to its consultation on the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Scotland.

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action from Government and we would urge all of Scotland’s political parties to get behind this essential measure for economic growth.

“The Scottish Government has a unique opportunity to make use of their devolved power and send out a clear message to the world that Scotland is open for business. A substantial reduction in our taxes on air travel will enable Scottish businesses to grow globally and also attract international investment into Scotland.

“The need to strengthen Scotland’s connectivity with trading destinations in Europe and the wider world has never been stronger.   The promised 50% cut in APD must be made immediately upon devolution in April 2018 and must be applied across the board to all flights from Scotland.”