BA: Scottish independence could have 'positive impact'

Scottish independence could be “a positive development” for the UK’s flagship airline British Airways, the chief executive of the firm’s parent group has said.

According to The Scotsman, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), said the Scottish Government’s policy on air passenger duty (APD) meant that a Yes vote would be “marginally positive” for the industry.

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh. Credit: PA

Mr Walsh told BBC Breakfast: "It might be marginally positive because, I suspect, the Scottish Government will abolish air passenger duty because they recognise the huge impact that tax has on their economy.

“So, it is probably going to be a positive development, if it does happen, for British Airways.”

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