Regional Airports

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd September 2021.

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Photo of Scott Benton Scott Benton Conservative, Blackpool South

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) reducing or (b) removing Air Passenger Duty on two-way domestic UK flights to assist the growth of (i) regional and (ii) Blackpool airports.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately The Exchequer Secretary

As part of its recent consultation on aviation tax, the Government outlined its initial view that the effective rate of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on domestic flights should be reduced in order to support Union and regional connectivity and that the number of international distance bands should be increased in order to align APD more closely with our environmental objectives.

The consultation sought evidence on the potential impacts of these proposals, including on regional air routes. As part of the consultation process the Government engaged with airports in all parts of the UK.

The Government is currently reviewing responses to the consultation and will update in due course.

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