Tax cut urged for airport

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AN MP has called for a tax cut for passengers flying from North East airports to throw Durham Tees Valley Airport a lifeline.

Phil Watson, MP for Sedgefield, has urged the Chancellor George Osborne to introduce variable rates of air passenger duty (APD), which would allow lower charges outside the South East.

Last year, the Government announced a cut in APD for long-haul from Northern Ireland airports, after warnings that the Belfast to New York service was under threat.

Mr Wilson said: “If decisions on the tax for regional airports is to be devolved, that would be unfair on airports such as Durham.”