Question to the HM Treasury:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of annual revenue made by Aberdeen Airport is non-aeronautical revenue; and if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of introducing duty-free stores on arrival on that level of revenue.
Duty-free on arrival, which would apply to inbound passengers, would impose additional pressure on the public finances, to which excise duty makes a significant contribution. Any loss in tax revenue would have to be balanced by a reduction in public spending, increased borrowing or increased taxation elsewhere.
Although there are no plans to introduce such a scheme, the government keeps all taxes under review.