Agents in Northern Ireland say they are determined to continue their battle against APD after chancellor George Osborne recognised their plight.

According to Abta Osborne yesterday reassured MPs from the region that he was “on the case” with regard to the damaging impacts APD is having on the economy.

Abta Northern Ireland representative Doreen McKenzie, of Knock Travel, pledged to redouble efforts to reduce APD.

She said: “Agents in Northern Ireland are determined to do all we can to fight increases in APD and will continue to make the case for reducing the tax rates.

“We have superb airports, great routes to some fantastic destinations and a brilliant tourist offering for visitors.

“All we need now is a tax regime that recognises it is crazy taxing flights from Northern Ireland disproportionately higher than flights from Dublin airport.

“Abta is continuing to make the case to Government and travel agents in Northern Ireland are at the heart of this campaign.”

Travel agents in Northern Ireland are supporting the Fair Tax on Flying campaign of over 30 organisations including airlines, airports, travel companies and business groups.

Following a consultation the Treasury is expected to unveil changes to the air tax in the autumn.