Air passenger duty: implications for Northern Ireland, second report of session 2010-12, report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

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The Stationery Office, Jul 8, 2011 - Business & Economics - 79 pages
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Northern Ireland is unique because, as part of the UK, it has the highest rate of aviation duty in Europe but, unlike Great Britain, it shares a land border with another EU state which levies aviation duty at a minimal rate, and even that is soon to be abolished entirely. In short, why travel from Belfast International when one can take the short journey to Dublin and pay 60 per person less for their ticket? The Committee feels that, assuming that air passenger duty is not abolished for the whole of the UK, there is only one solution. That solution is to abolish APD on all flights departing Northern Ireland's airports and likewise abolish APD on direct flights into Northern Ireland from Great Britain. In that way, Northern Ireland's business, enterprise and tourist industry stands a chance of being able to compete with the Republic of Ireland

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