Budget 2012: MP Attacks Increase in Air Passenger Duty

Today Aberdeen South MP, Dame Anne Begg, condemned the Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to go ahead with the planned increase to Air Passenger Duty (APD) despite calls last week from Scotland’s airports to rethink the planned hike and give them the chance to compete against European rivals.

The managing directors of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports – which collectively handle more than 19 million passengers – have warned that Scotland and the UK are losing out to Europe because of spiralling APD levels, now the highest in the world.

Dame Anne said, “I am disappointed that the Chancellor has ignored calls to rethink the increase in APD despite warnings that the hike could cost Scotland’s airports around 1.2million passengers over three years, losing the country £77million in tourism revenue.”