Airport passenger figures show abandoning APD is unnecessary

Transport statistics released today show that airport passenger numbers have increased by 3.6 per cent in 2014, and by 15 per cent since 2010.
Mike Robinson, an SCCS board member who sits on the Scottish Government Air Passenger Duty (APD) stakeholder forum commented:
"Yet again, these figures reinforce the fact that it is utterly unnecessary to abandon APD - the tax generates £230m/yr for the Scottish Government and hasn’t inhibited air passenger numbers.  It’s a tax that customers are prepared to tolerate, in an industry that is regarded as under-taxed, so why scrap it?
“Air travel has the highest climate emissions of any form of transport and emissions from the sector have risen significantly over the past 20 years.  We should use Air Passenger Duty powers to reduce overall climate emissions.“
Notes to Editors
  1. Transport Scotland National Statistics were released today:
Key points:
  • There were 24.1 million air terminal passengers in 2014, 1 million (3.6 per cent) more than in the previous year. Passenger numbers increased by 39 per cent between 2001 and 2007 reaching a peak of 25,132 before falling 17 per cent to 20,907 in 2010, since when they have risen 15 per cent
  • Edinburgh airport had 10.2 million terminal passengers in 2014 (4 per cent increase) and Glasgow airport had 7.7 million, 5 per cent more than the previous year. Aberdeen had 3.7 million, (up 8 per cent) and Glasgow Prestwick had 0.9 million (20 per cent less)
  • In 2014, 6 per cent of all terminal passenger traffic was within Scotland, 44 per cent was to/from other parts of the UK, with 38 per cent between Scotland and mainland Europe.
  • Over the past ten years, the number of air passengers per head of population has been higher for Scotland than for the UK.

2. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland manifesto for 2016 calls on the next Scottish Government to use Air Passenger Duty powers to cut climate emissions:

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