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AMcWhirter
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Hello BigDog

The revisions to APD ex-N Ireland apply only to direct flights. In the case of long-haul services, there is only a single direct flight ex-Belfast and that is United’s service to NYC Newark.

United threatened to quit Belfast some years ago unless APD was cut … which is what the N Ireland govt did.

So if you fly long-haul ex-Belfast via the UK, Holland etc then you pay standard UK rates of APD.

KLM is returning to Belfast after a gap of some years and last month the UK manager commented on the APD situation.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/klm-chief-air-duty-puts-belfast-at-competitive-disadvantage-30892862.html