first_img Share Airports in the north of England have appealed to the chancellor to scrap air passenger duty (APD) in his Autumn Statement next week, following the announcement yesterday that Scotland will be free to get rid of the tax as part of devolution plans.  Three key airports in the north have all made appeals to the Treasury to act quickly, warning that if Scotland scraps the tax, passengers will flock over the border to take advantage of cheaper flights, at the cost of hundreds of jobs in the region.  Chief executive of Newcastle Airport David Laws said yesterday that 1,000 jobs could be at risk in the north east by 2025 unless APD was reduced or removed altogether. “We are extremely concerned about these proposals,” he said, adding: “The Prime Minister said on 19 September that the devolution settlement had to be fair also to the people of the rest of the UK. We now want him to honour this commitment. The only way to achieve this is for any reductions in Scotland to be matched in the rest of the UK, or for this damaging duty to be reformed in such a way that distortions are avoided.” His concerns were echoed by bosses at Liverpool and Manchester airports. A spokesman for Liverpool said 95 per cent of passenger traffic in the north of England was served by low-cost airlines, for whom APD is the biggest barrier to cheap tickets. He added: “APD needs to cut or abolished from all UK airports as this continues to constrain growth.” Airport operators are hoping that the Treasury will announce plans to reduce or scrap APD in the UK in the Autumn Statement, but the tax is expected to net £3.2bn for Treasury coffers in 2014/15. George Osborne is already under pressure following worse-than-expected tax receipts for this year so far, so he is unlikely to be able to make sign­ificant giveaways.  A Number 10 spokesperson said last night: “As the Prime Minister has said, it is right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland should be accompanied by a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts of our United Kingdom, and he will be setting out more on this before Christmas.”  whatsapp whatsapp Thursday 27 November 2014 9:27 pm Kate McCannKate McCann is a reporter at City A.M. She covers politics and insurance and can be contacted at [email protected] center_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef Pick Airports call for George Osborne to scrap air passenger duty or risk losing jobs to Scotland More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest Tags: George Osborne Peoplelast_img

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