The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has said it welcomes the UK Treasury’s announcement that it will reduce the Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates for long-haul flights departing from Northern Ireland.
In a statement released today, the CTO said the move was a “sure sign” that the government listening to industry concerns about the controversial tax.
CTO chairman, Minister Skerritt said; “The CTO has been actively engaging with the UK government to ensure that it understands why the region takes this issue so seriously. We look forward to the UK government’s response to the APD consultation, due this autumn, and hope that the outcome not only rectifies the discriminatory aspect of the banding system but that it seeks to provide a solution to the problem of the impact that very high long-haul APD rates is having on people’s choice of destination.”
IAG’s chief executive, Willie Walsh warned earlier this week that his group may be forced to cut some Caribbean services if APD levels continued to rise.