Abta welcomes Scottish government’s APD reduction plan

The Scottish government’s move to formalise plans to cut Air Passenger Duty has been welcomed by Abta.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the introduction of a bill designed to enable a replacement tax to be introduced from April 2018.

Sturgeon said: “The government’s intention is to halve the overall level of APD by the end of this parliament, to support growth and improve our connections with countries across the globe – priorities that are now even more pressing as a result of the EU referendum.”

The announcement came as she outlined four bills focusing on new powers devolved to Scotland

A spokesman for the travel association said: “Abta welcomes the inclusion of a reduction in APD in the Scottish government’s Programme for Government.

“We urge the Scottish government to move as quickly as possible to implement this cut, which would have benefited over 2.8 million Scottish holidaymakers in 2015.

“We remain committed to calling for reductions of APD across the whole of the UK. ”

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