BUDGET 2011: Manchester encouraged by ‘vital’ air tax freeze

Manchester Airport welcomed the Chancellor's concession that the current air tax system is unfair and needs to be reformed.

Jonathan Bailey, external affairs director for the Manchester Airports Group, said: "We are pleased that the Government has recognised the limitations in the current tax system and that they will be looking at regional variations in the forthcoming consultation.

"We are also pleased that the rate of air passenger duty has been frozen for a year, giving us vital breathing space to grow our industry again.

"We will now focus our efforts on convincing the Government that a regionalised tax system could work in the long term and provide a stronger aviation industry for the UK."

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