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MTPA: Island can 'ill afford' new tax disadvantages

Calls for government to take action on APD

The Manx TaxPayers' Alliance is calling on the government to take 'immediate action' on Air Passenger Duty.

It follows the UK Chancellor's announcement, this week, that it would be slashed by half on flights between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island.

The local lobby group says the Manx government should follow suit adding in light of tax rises on hospitality businesses the Isle of Man can 'ill afford' new tax 'disadvantages'.

Spokesperson Michael Josem said: "If no action is taken travellers to and from the Isle of Man will be forced to continue paying double the aircraft passenger duty applied to domestic flights within the four nations of the United Kingdom.

"This week’s UK spending review and budget will boost airports like Belfast, Inverness and Cornwall Newquay. Ronaldsway should not be left out and the Isle of Man Government should take quick action for the benefit of our community."

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