Scottish agents demand urgent meeting on APD

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Scottish agents have given a cautious welcome to the intention to devolve responsibility for Air Passenger Duty to the Scottish government at Holyrood.

The Scottish Passenger Agents Association is calling for an urgent meeting with Scotland’s transport minister to discuss the implications.

SPAA president Jimmy Martin said: “We are pleased to note that the Scottish government is to have full responsibility for the future structure, level and collection of APD or any replacement tax.

“Along with colleague organisations in the Fair Tax on Flying Campaign, we have lobbied the UK government actively to mitigate the effects of this regressive tax on business and leisure travellers, the travel sector and the UK economy as a whole.

“As an association representing such stakeholders in Scotland we have worked hard to encourage its devolution to Holyrood. We support the Scottish government in its stated intention to reduce significantly the burden of APD levied on Scottish business and Scottish families.”

He added: “Our focus must now move to the details of the implementation, which will have significant implications for our members and the travelling public, and we are seeking an early meeting with the transport minister at Holyrood to discuss those implications and the future shape of APD here in Scotland.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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