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Minister cautious over plans for new flight tax

Tue, 29 Jun 2010

Ronaldsway Airport
Ronaldsway Airport

The Infrastructure Minister says plans in the UK to change taxes on flying could impact on the viability of some Isle of Man routes.

Phil Gawne is wary of the British Government's plans to scrap Air Passenger Duty, and replace it with a Per-Plane Duty.

Air Passenger Duty is currently £11 each way for flights to and from the Island, and is set to increase by £1 in November.

Whilst cautious about the changes, Mr Gawne is pleased no further plans to increase the duty were announced.

The UK Government is to consult airports and airlines before any changes are finalised.

Mr Gawne says the Isle of Man will take part in the consultation, and will also speak to the airlines that serve the Island, to ensure air travel doesn't become more expensive.

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