Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North

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Austin: Cut flight tax to boost Birmingham Airport

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the government to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) to boost regional airports like Birmingham.

Devolved governments in Scotland and Wales are planning to cut APD, putting regional airports in England at a competitive disadvantage.

Austin is backing 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.

The MP 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:

“Wales and Scotland are working to put airports like Birmingham at a competitive disadvantage so I want the government to intervene.

“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.”

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