Transport Minister meets management from Aberdeen Airport

“Management at Aberdeen Airport share my frustration with the continuing lack of action from the UK Government on the devolution of APD. It has become increasingly unpopular in the aviation industry and is the most expensive tax of its kind in Europe. APD puts all four of Scotland’s main airports at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to attracting visitors and businesses from overseas.

“As outlined in Scotland’s Future: Your guide to an independent Scotland, the Scottish Government wants to make changes to this unfair and punitive tax. In an independent Scotland we would cut APD by 50 per cent, with a view to abolishing it completely when public finances allow. A competitive aviation taxation regime would provide a major boost to Scotland’s economy by stimulating new and existing direct international connections.”

“Aberdeen Airport is performing well with increasing passenger numbers, as well as growth in helicopter and fixed-wing operations. A number of new routes have been announced in recent months, highlighting the airport's potential, and we want to make sure it continues to be an attractive option for carriers in the future.

"With major transport projects on the way in the north east, like the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the Balmedie to Tipperty project, the airport will also benefit from improved transport links for passengers once they step off the plane.

“I look forward to continuing to work with officials at Aberdeen Airport and delivering the services the people of the north east deserve.”

Published 3 Dec 2013