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Airports and the Welsh Government give views on devolving Air Passenger Duty to Wales

28 February 2019

The Welsh Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into Air Passenger Duty with an evidence session at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff on Thursday 7 March.


Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a tax levied by the UK Government on passenger flights from UK airports and is chargeable per passenger. APD in England and Wales is managed centrally by the UK Government but has been devolved to Scotland, to some extent, to Northern Ireland.

Purpose of the session

The Welsh Affairs Committee will travel to the National Assembly to hear the views of Cardiff, Manchester and Bristol Airports on the proposal to devolve APD to Wales.

The Welsh Government has indicated that if APD were devolved, it would be abolished or significantly reduced. Manchester and Bristol airports, which are used by many travellers from Wales, have expressed concerns that this will make them less competitive. The Committee will question the witnesses on the potential impact devolution of APD could have.

In the second session the Committee will question Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, and Simon Jones, Director for Economic Infrastructure, Welsh Government on its proposal to abolish, or significantly reduce, Air Passenger Duty.


Thursday 7 March 2019, Welsh Assembly

Panel 1 at 10.15am

  • Dave Lees, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport
  • Debra Barber, Chief Executive Officer, Cardiff Airport
  • Graeme Elliott, Corporate Affairs Director, Manchester Airports Group (MAG)

Panel 2 at 11.00am

  • Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Welsh Government
  • Simon Jones, Director for Economic Infrastructure, Department for the Economy and Transport, Welsh Government
  • Dr Andy Fraser, Acting Deputy Director, Tax Strategy, Policy & Engagement

Further information

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