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Irish taxes mean it's cheaper to fly to Glasgow than Edinburgh

11.07.09

Airport and tourism officials have hit out at Irish air taxes, which mean Irish travellers flying to Edinburgh now pay more than their Glasgow-bound counterparts, the Evening News reports. Industry experts believe the Irish air tax could influence whether visitors choose to fly to Edinburgh, or opt for a cheaper flight to Glasgow.

The new tax is based on whether a destination is within 300km of Dublin. It means passengers heading for Edinburgh, which is further from Dublin, must pay a €10 tax, yet those bound for Glasgow, which is within the distance, only pay €2.

Gordon Dewar, managing director of Edinburgh Airport, told the newspaper: ‘With the economic downturn, we are all working hard to sustain the success of our city's tourism industry and to grow visitor numbers. However, the extra tax levied on those flying from Ireland to Edinburgh risks undermining the city's competitive position relative to other parts of Scotland.'

‘Edinburgh Airport gets large numbers of visitors from Ireland and we wish to continue our growth. We have raised these concerns with the Scottish Government and Edinburgh City Council and I hope that by working together, we can convince the Irish Government to change their position.’

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