What is the SNP’s position on Air Passenger Duty / Air Departure Tax?

Following the First Minister’s declaration of a climate emergency, and the announcement that Scotland will go greener, faster, under new, tougher climate change proposals, the SNP Scottish Government are committed to looking across our whole range of responsibilities and increase action where necessary.

This follows the new report from the Committee on Climate Change, which we have fully embraced and immediately acted on, setting a net-zero target for 2045 and increasing targets for 2030 to 70%, and 2040 to 90%.

Meeting the new climate targets will require difficult decisions and the Scottish Parliament needs to be prepared for that – and we have come to the conclusion that the economic benefits we sought through our Air Departure Tax policy are not compatible with our new emissions reductions targets.

This is an important step in meeting our tougher climate targets and rising to the climate emergency challenge, and the government has not taken this decision lightly.

We will continue to support our tourism industry, which is going from strength to strength, and are committed to finding new ways to back the industry. We are also committed to targeted action to build on our strong performance on exports and foreign direct investment.

The Scottish Government remains fully committed to protecting the existing H&I exemption in order to support remote and rural communities, and will continue to work with the UK Government and the H&I Working Group to seek a solution.