Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be slashed by half to boost Britain’s international trade and support regional airports like Birmingham.
New research by PwC shows that scrapping APD altogether would create 60,000 jobs and boost the British economy by £16 billion. There are also concerns that devolved governments in Scotland and Wales are planning to cut APD, putting regional airports in England at a competitive disadvantage.
Austin has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to consider a cut in APD in the Autumn Statement to support regional airports like Birmingham and businesses in places like Dudley.
The MP wants the Government to back proposals to match the cut for non-congested airports in England to offer local people cheaper flights and boost growth at local hubs like Birmingham Airport.
Austin has been a long-standing supporter of Birmingham Airport’s economic benefits in the region. It’s estimated that Birmingham Airport contributed £1.1 billion to the West Midlands economy in 2014 and supported 25,300 jobs in the region.
Ian Austin said:
“The Government has a massive opportunity to cut Air Passenger Duty to cut costs for local passengers, support regional airports like Birmingham and boost local businesses.
“Cutting Air Passenger Duty for regional airports would help local people afford a well-earned break at the same time as boosting the local economy.”