Newcastle Airport chief in call to scrap tax
THE head of the region's largest airport has urged the Government to follow the lead of the Netherlands in scrapping taxes to defend its flight routes.
David Laws, Newcastle International Airport chief executive, said that new airport taxes were the single greatest threat for the future with some routes set to experience a doubling in air passenger duty in the next two years.
Speaking at the North East Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Mr Laws called on the Government to emulate its Dutch counterparts who performed a taxation U-turn after recognising the severe impact it would have on Schiphol Airport.
He said that the airport, which employs around 3,000 staff, had been performing better than many regional airports, but was concerned for the effects of the tax which will increase tax on all routes, with long haul passengers paying an extra £20.