The majority of MPs want the same levels of Air Passenger Duty to continue to be applied across the UK, according to a survey.

APD is due to be devolved to the Scottish government, with the ruling Scottish National Party promising to cut the aviation tax by 50 per cent. This has raised fears among airports in the north of England, such as Newcastle International, that they could lose passengers to Scottish airports.

Chancellor George Osborne is also expected to announce the devolution of APD to the Welsh Assembly during his budget next week.

A survey of MPs carried out by the Airport Operators Association (APD should be charged at the same rates across the UK, regardless of devolution, with 26 per cent “strongly” supporting this policy.

The AOA has also written to Osborne asking him to use the budget to respond to last year’s discussion paper issued by the Treasury focusing on the potential impact of APD devolution on English regional airports.

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the AOA, added that the association agreed with the Scottish government’s policy of reducing APD as soon as possible.

“As a membership organisation that represents airports in every part of the UK, however, we are understandably concerned about the impact that such a move will have on all of our members in all parts of the country,” he said.

“It absolutely cannot be right or fair for one part of the UK to be able to offer a substantially lower rate of APD compared to other areas of the country.

“We now need the chancellor to set out his emerging thinking so that everyone – airports, airlines and customers – can start to plan for the future with a degree of certainty.”

The Scottish government plans to cut APD by 50 per cent in 2018 with the long-term aim of abolishing the tax.

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