Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

Treasury written question – answered on 14th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether air passenger duty is applied to flights from Northern Ireland to other parts of the UK; and if so, what plans they have to introduce a rate of 0 per cent.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

Flights between regions of the UK are subject to the short haul rate of Air Passenger Duty. Under State aid rules, it is not possible to vary tax rates for domestic flights only.

The government has made a number of reforms to reduce the effect of APD on consumers, including exempting children on economy flights. This could save a family of four £52 on a roundtrip within the UK.

Like all taxes, Air Passenger Duty remains under review. In June we closed a call for evidence on ‘VAT, Air Passenger Duty and tourism in Northern Ireland’. It is the government’s intention to report at Budget.

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