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Sinn Féin welcome for Airport Tax abolition

26 September, 2011 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Enterprise Spokesperson, Phil Flanagan MLA (Fermanagh/South Tyrone) has welcomed the proposed abolition of airport tax on long haul flights out of Belfast.

Mr. Flanagan said: 

“Sinn Féin has strongly lobbied for an all-Ireland harmonisation of the tax regime including airport and corporation taxes. It is imperative that if we are to increase inward investment and maximise the tourist appeal from North America and elsewhere that we attract additional direct flights into Belfast International by removing travel barriers. 

“With the current the tax costing £60 per passenger out of Belfast against €3 from Dublin it has put the only direct flight between Belfast and the US in jeopardy.

“Not only will the abolition of this airport duty protect the existing US route but it will assist the International Airport in its efforts to attract other transatlantic carriers.

“I also welcome the transfer of responsibility regarding any future change in airport taxes to the Assembly. While it is a small move it nonetheless represents further progress on transfer of fiscal decision making to the Assembly. Sinn Féin will continue to work towards transfer of maximum fiscal powers away from London.

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