In January 2019, I promised that I would abolish the hated £6 Passenger Facility Fee at our local airport. I want to again confirm that the tax will be removed, and Stobart Group want it gone as well.
However the charge currently brings in around £900,000-a-year into the airport's accounts. To remove it instantly would leave a huge black hole in our finances.
As we implement our 10 Year Rescue Plan and grow the airport, our financial position will improve and I will then remove the fee.
As with returning the airport to public ownership to save it from closure: if I promise something, I do it.