Relief across the South West as government decides not to devolve air passenger duty

Bristol Airport has welcomed the government's decision Credit: PA

The South West has welcomed the government's decision not to devolve powers over air passenger duty to the Welsh government.

Bristol airport warned that the ruling would have given Cardiff airport an "unfair advantage" and could cost the region more than £800 million. It would have allowed plane fares in Wales to be significantly reduced, potentially seeing thousands of people opting to fly from Cardiff instead of Bristol.

On Tuesday, Bristol MP Karin Smyth welcomed the news, and made a speech reminding MPs of the importance of Bristol Airport to the region’s economy, since it employs 11,000 people and welcomes 7 million passengers per year.