Cheaper flights boost to airport

Steve Gill
Steve Gill

Cheaper long haul flights - promised as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget - have been welcomed by the Robin Hood Airport chief.

But he said further reforms are still needed to benefit all UK regional airports.

A reform of Air Passenger Duty means that, from April 1 next year, all long-haul flights will be moved into band B, meaning customers travelling to the Caribbean will pay the same as if travelling to the US. He also confirmed private flights would be charged APD.

Mr Osborne said: “To help British businesses strengthen links with high growth markets, and to go further to make the UK an attractive option for business visitors and tourists, Budget 2014 announces that the Government will reform air passenger duty by abolishing bands C and D.”

The Government will also extend the scope of the existing Regional Air Connectivity Fund to include start-up aid for new routes from regional airports.

Steve Gill, Robin Hood Airport managing director, said: “We welcome this announcement. We hope this will help reform and provide a boost to the UK aviation sectors long haul connectivity and services. We would however like to see further reforms to the APD to benefit all UK regional airports, and in this regard we also welcome the outlined support for new routes from regional airports.”

Doncaster Councillor Bob Johnson said: “Robin Hood Airport - on our ‘growth corridor’ and to be the location for the recently announced Enterprise Zone - is one of Doncaster’s key assets for future economic success in Doncaster.”