Commenting in response to the evidence heard by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee on SNP plans to cut aviation taxes, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:
“The SNP are taking their APD marching orders from the aviation industry. They have consistently relied on evidence compiled for airlines and taken the advice of a stakeholder group made up almost entirely of industry representatives. Even Edinburgh Airport admitted today that ‘full and frank analysis’ on cutting APD has been ‘missing for some time’.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats are clear that giving a multi-million tax break to airlines is the wrong priority. It will deprive our schools and hospitals of funding and the Scottish Government has been utterly unable to explain how dramatically increasing aviation emissions would help Scotland meet its climate commitments.”