Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin steps up campaign to boost Birmingham airport

Dudley MP Ian Austin has stepped up his campaign 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 has now tabled a series of urgent Parliamentary Questions challenging the Chancellor George Osborne to set out the impact that higher APD will have on Birmingham Airport 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 is running out of time to intervene before Wales and Scotland cut air taxes and put airports like Birmingham at a competitive disadvantage.

“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.”

Ian Austin has tabled the following Parliamentary Questions:

  • To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his department has made on whether businesses in Dudley North will be at a competitive disadvantage to businesses in Scotland when the Scottish Government halves Air Passenger Duty (APD) for all flights leaving from Scotland.
  • To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his department has made of a) the current proportion of total UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) revenues raised from Birmingham Airport and b) what proportion of total UK APD will be generated at Birmingham Airport if Scotland halves their APD rates.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his department has made on what the economic impact of halving Air Passenger Duty (APD) in Scotland will be on Birmingham Airport.

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