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MP objects to Government Proposals for Air Passenger Duty

29th November 2011
MP objects to Government Proposals for Air Passenger Duty

Gordon Henderson MP has objected to the Government’s proposal to reform Air Passenger Duty rates.

The Government is proposing to introduce a regional Air Passenger Duty rate which extends current duty on aeroplanes to its passengers. This would mean air passengers in the South East would be expected to pay more than other regions.

Mr Henderson said,

“It is wrong that the Government is introducing this new tax, particularly because South East air passengers may receive a disproportionately higher tax-rate than other region’s air passengers. It is simply unfair on people in the South East, particularly those of us in East Kent who do not have the option to travel to a Midland or West Country airport.

“Even by the Government’s own admission regional airports are expected to flourish, largely at the expense of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, without this preferable tax treatment.”

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