Magazine article Public Finance

Call for NI Air Tax to Match Republic

Magazine article Public Finance

Call for NI Air Tax to Match Republic

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Northern Ireland's finance minister Sammy Wilson has denied claims that he has been prevaricating on further devolution of Air Passenger Duty.

Sinn Fé in Assembly member Daithi McKay argued that Northern Ireland's economy was suffering as more people from the north were using Dublin airport rather than Belfast because the Republic's air travel tax was lower. The shift in airport preference has been aided by a new motorway link that made the Irish capital more accessible from the North.

McKay called for APD to be brought in line with the rest of Ireland to 'increase competitiveness and open up new markets'. He said: 'The finance minister and the Democratic Unionist Party should stop prevaricating when it comes to transfer of economic levers that would clearly be of benefit to our economy. …

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