Wednesday 15 January 2020 / 1:19 PM Andy McDonald / Transport

Another taxpayer bailout for Richard Branson from the Tories – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the news on Flybe receiving a government bailout, said:

“This is another taxpayer bailout for Richard Branson from the Tories. The government needs to come clean on the restructuring plan, which must include the trade unions, agreed as part of the deal.

“Any cuts to air passenger duty will encourage the small number of wealthy frequent flyers who are responsible for 70% of all trips to fly even more, increasing carbon emissions. A review into slashing aviation tax makes a mockery of the government’s climate commitments.”