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Air passenger duty cut for Northern Ireland

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Air passenger duty will be cut from 1 November for passengers travelling on direct long-haul routes departing from airports in Northern Ireland, HM Treasury announced. The direct long-haul rate will fall to the short-haul rate, currently £12 per passenger in economy and £24 in business and first class.

‘Northern Ireland’s airports operate in unique circumstances within the UK. The land border with the Republic of Ireland, with its differential rates of air passenger tax, had threatened to make long-haul flights from Belfast uneconomic,’ the Treasury said.

‘To provide a lasting solution, the Government will launch a parallel process to devolve aspects of APD to the Northern Ireland Assembly, as a recognition of its unique circumstances.’

The government will publish a response in the autumn to the recent consultation on reform of APD.