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Airport welcomes MPs’ call for passenger tax study

A Parliamentary Committee report, which includes recommendations on the impact of Airport Passenger Duty, expanding capacity at Heathrow Airport and the possibility of supporting feeder services into the UK’s international hub from the regions has been described as ‘a major contribution to the debate over the future of air services.’

That was the response today from Peel Airports, the operators of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, to the report from the House of Commons Transport Committee includes the need for a fully-costed study on Air Passenger Duty, including an analysis of the impact of introducing differential rates and the possibility of a 12-month tax ‘holiday’ for new services operating from airports outside the south east.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are pleased that the Committee has spotlighted the need for a fully costed study on the impact of Air Passenger Duty, especially in the light of the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, published recently, which argued that its abolition would actually boost the UK economy.

“If APD remains then there is clearly a strong case for introducing differential rates to help airports outside the south east attract business and we are pleased that the Committee is calling for the Government to carry out an objective analysis of that approach, as well recommending a 12-month ‘tax holiday’ period for new routes from airports outside the south east.

“Whatever decision is taken on the future of an international hub for the UK—whether it is the Committee’s choice of further expansion of Heathrow or the option of an entirely new airport east of London—it is crucial that consideration is given to access from regions such as the South Yorkshire and wider region.

“We will now be studying the Committee’s report in detail, including their further call for improvements to rail and road access to airports, there is no doubt that there are some issues which could have a significant impact on regional airports and we are pleased to see that this debate is finally gathering a pace.”