Wed 3rd Jul 2013
Chamber Welcomes NI air passenger duty cut following Letter to Chancellor
Amid fears that Northern Ireland’s only transatlantic flight would be axed, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce co-ordinated an open letter to Chancellor George Osborne signed by 20 Busines Executives:
Dear Mr Osborne
You are aware that the entire business community in Northern Ireland has come together to campaign for the devolution of tax varying powers to our local Assembly. The largest single grouping of representative bodies established, Grow NI, has made clear our view that the power to vary Corporation Tax is the economic intervention we need to re balance the economy in Northern Ireland. You and your colleagues are currently considering this important issue.
A further defining issue which has also been the subject of consultation recently is the level of Air Passenger Duty which currently applies to all routes from Northern Ireland, most onerously between Belfast and North America. Once again our land border with the Republic of Ireland puts our region at a unique disadvantage. The Dublin Government has taken swift action to reduce, and virtually abolish Air Tax, while passengers flying from Belfast still incur significant taxes, including as much as