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UK government urged to reverse decision to end airport tax free sales

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 7, 2020
Airports Council International (ACI) World has joined with the Duty Free World Council and the Tax Free World Association to urge the UK Government to reverse its decision to end airport tax free sales to international passengers for all goods other than alcohol and tobacco.
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As the industry seeks to sustain a restart of operations and plan for a long term recovery, airport tax free sales will form an integral part of airports’ non-aeronautical revenues, contributing to the vitality of the airport business and the development of infrastructure.

Tax Free World Association President Alain Maingreaud said the decision would heavily impact the profitability of the sector as the UK has the largest market in the world for international airport passenger traffic.

“As every international journey involves another origin or destination point outside of the UK, the removal of tax-free sales will simply lead to unfavorable economic outcomes not only for the sector but the UK as a whole,” Alain Maingreaud said.