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Airports offer Carriers marketing supportAnd Tax rebates based on new routes andPassenger foot fall through Airport soGrowth is pure speculation as these incentives exist now.We should be reviewing the profits AirportsCurrently make and they should be cappedSo the airport taxes charged excluding APDare reduced the regulators who have justStopped the merger of Asda snd SainsburyShould be looking at the monopoly AirportsHave and charge what they like!
Why should Scotland benefit and not theRest of the Uk If APD is to be replaced or abolished it should not be for Scotland only
Its a industry issue and low hanging fruit forHMRC to scoff on instead of getting off theirBacksides to collect correct Taxes fromGoogle Amazon Starbucks etc...
Its a disgrace
There is little doubt that there would be more service to UK airports from more places were it not for APD - simple price elasticity suggests the higher the price the lower the demand. And the lower the demand the fewer routes are sustainable over the medium term.Moreover, the margins - particularly on long haul flying (where the tax is so burdensome), are thin and it takes little extrapolation to suggest that seasonal services - both at the beginning and end (of Summer), where revenues fall and costs remain broadly similar, are the periods that would immediately benefit from APD reduction/ removal. No tax and the break-point (profit to loss) then delays.Once the season lengthens the corporate customer base has a chance to build and longer term route viability improves. Winter season operations then start to take root, etc.
Every part of the journey - including airport charges, need to be efficient, however an indiscriminate tax on everyone that flies - including our inbound visitors, speaks to "the UK being open for Business' as an empty political epithet only.