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Tax reduction on flights to the Caribbean

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AIR PASSENGER Duty (APD) on flights to the Caribbean departing from Northern Ireland will be reduced, the UK treasury announced today (Oct 6).

The reduction of said tax rates follows Northern Ireland's acknowledgment that high levels of APD would have ended transatlantic air services to the Irish province and thus jeopardise their economy, according to the chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Minister Skerritt.

Skerritt, said: “It is because of the value of tourism to the Caribbean that the CTO has been actively engaging with the UK government to ensure that it understands why the region takes this issue so seriously."

"And we hope that the outcome not only rectifies the discriminatory aspect of the banding system but that it seeks to provide a solution to the problem of the impact that very high long haul APD rates is having on people’s choice of destination and scheduled carriers decisions on where and when to fly,” he added.

The Government also hope the APD reduction will create more jobs and increase flights to the Caribbean.

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