Air Departure Tax (Update)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 5th October 2017.

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Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

David Stewart will know—as will the other members who have been lobbying me on the exemption—that many involved in the sector say that its discontinuation would have a catastrophic impact on the fragile connectivity economy. We have looked at legal and fiscal remedies to try to prevent that, but I have no doubt that, for the reasons that I gave in my statement, it would have a profound impact on the Highlands and Islands. That is why together we must endeavour to replicate the exemption. The UK Government has failed to give me a competent alternative, so today I have put a further proposition to the UK Government for it to consider. I hope that it will respond in good time, so that I can take the matter forward.