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Committee question Ryanair and Flybe on Air Passenger Duty

29 January 2019

In the second session of its inquiry into devolution of Air Passenger Duty to Wales, the Welsh Affairs Committee questions representatives from the airline industry, including Ryanair and Flybe, as well as bodies representing Welsh businesses, about how Air Passenger Duty affects their business in Wales. 

Air Passenger Duty

Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a tax levied by the UK Government on passenger flights from UK airports and is chargeable per passenger. APD in England and Wales is set and managed centrally by the UK Government. However, APD has been devolved to some extent to Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Welsh Affairs Committee will consider the implications of devolving APD to Wales  and what impact this could have on airlines and businesses in Wales. It will particularly focus on whether devolving APD would  attract more airlines to operate from Cardiff Airport,  what the potential  impact would be on competition with nearby English airports.

The Committee will examine how APD affects airlines operating from Cardiff Airport in the first panel. In the second panel, the Committee will consider how APD affects businesses in North and South Wales and will also hear from the Taxpayers Alliance.

Witnesses

Tuesday 29 January 2019, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Kate Sherry, Director of Route Development, Ryanair (read Ryanair’s written evidence here)
  • Susie Reckitt, Director of Strategy, Flybe (read Flybe’s written evidence here)
  • Robert Griggs, Policy and Public Affairs Director, Airlines UK

At 10.45am

  • Ben Cottam, Head of External Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Wales
  • Ashley Rogers, board member on the North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB) and chairman of the North Wales and Mersey Dee Business Council
  • Duncan Simpson, Policy Analyst, TaxPayers’ Alliance

Further information

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