Wed 3rd Jul 2013
NI Chamber and Members demand a quick decision over aviation tax
Executives from over 20 leading firms have sent an open letter to Chancellor George Osborne amid fears that Northern Ireland’s only transatlantic flight could be axed:
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