Scotland’s airports announced they will lose up to a million passengers by 2014 due to the new aviation tax introduced in 2010 (business7.co.uk, 17-Feb-2011). Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports reportedly commissioned a study that suggests the tax rise will cost the Scottish economy up to USD105 million in lost tourism spending and jeopardise ambitions to grow Scotland’s international air route network.
Scotland airports to lose up to a million passengers by 2014
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