Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Air tax tyranny

Never mind corporation tax, there's another invidious duty differential between Northern Ireland and the Republic which affects many more people. From next month travellers from here will be paying a whopping 20 times more in Air Passenger Duty from Belfast to the US than on the same route from Dublin and four times more on trips to the UK or western Europe.

That is a severe blow to an economy which depends on air travel for business and holidays but also could jeopardise our only direct scheduled US flight.

Our politicians must lobby Westminster to find a way of alleviating the burden.

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