SNP vows to scrap APD if it wins independence vote

 

The Scottish National Party will scrap Air Passenger Duty should the party form an independent Scottish government after a “yes” vote in Thursday’s referendum.

The SNP estimates the levy deters two million visitors a year.

The party has said the air tax would be cut in half and later scrapped should the party form an independent Scottish government after a “Yes” vote this week.

British Airways and EasyJet may be among corporate beneficiaries of a vote to break up the UK, Bloomberg reported.

The UK has the highest aviation tax in the world, BA parent International Airlines Group said in its annual report, with APD jumping 260% on short-haul flights and as much as 360% on long-haul since 2007, compared with an inflation rate of 20%.

A family of four flying economy-class to Australia pays £376 in tax versus the equivalent of £160 in Germany, £15 in France and nothing in 25 other EU countries.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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