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But so is the issue of APD after visit; Aviation Minister refuses to reveal the Government plans.

Byline: Laura Hill Reporter

AVIATION Minister Lord Callanan yesterday refused to say if the Government would scrap Air Passenger Duty during a visit to Newcastle International Airport.

There are fears the tax, which puts PS75 on a long haul flight, will hit Newcastle particularly hard if the Scottish Government push ahead with their plans to ultimately scrap airport taxes.

When pushed on the matter, Lord Callanan, a former Conservative councillor in Gateshead, said: "We can't predict what might happen in future budgets so let's wait to see what happens with it in Scotland first."

Tne airport's Graeme Mason, said: "Air travel wil be more important for the North than ever."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 22, 2017
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