Air Passenger Duty to drop

26 September 2011

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced that Air Passenger Duty for direct long-haul flights to Northern Ireland will be reduced to £12 for economy tickets from November.

This brings the cost in line with other UK and European destinations and primarily affects the current New York to Belfast flight operated by Continental Airlines.

The Federation has lobbied for the past year on this subject, highlighting the huge disparity on a flight into Belfast compared to a similar flight into Dublin. Chief Executive, Janice Gault, attended Westminster to give evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and impressed upon the committee how detrimental it would be to lose our only direct North American flight.

It is hoped that this will secure the immediate future of the New York flight, which was under threat, and possibly encourage investment in a Canadian route in the near future.

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