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Pilots welcome Scottish air passenger duty cut but say ‘rest of UK must follow’

The announcement from the Scottish government committing to halving air passenger duty by 2021 is seen as a welcome move to pilots.

However, there is no such announcement for the rest of the UK to follow and the British Airline Pilots’ Association has called for a similar commitment from Westminster.

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:

“The news from Scotland is welcome but the rest of the UK must follow. More must be done and we would ultimately like to see a removal of this unfair tax.

“We have been calling for air passenger duty to be scrapped for many years and especially post-Brexit we need to ensure the British aviation industry remains competitive.

“The industry needs support in these uncertain times and a further rise will only serve to discourage Britons from air travel.”