David Ford said: “While this is welcome news, I want to see powers as regards APD for all long haul journeys which start in Northern Ireland devolved to the Assembly.
“We need to be able to address the anomaly that people here who travel from Northern Ireland airports to airports in Great Britain to take long haul flights face, which is a double whammy on APD. They face a double charge of APD and I believe that this is grossly unfair. While the announcement from Chloe Smith is good news, we need power over the full range of APD to be devolved so that we can address this anomaly.
“We will continue to campaign for the devolution of APD for all long haul journeys from Northern Ireland as we believe this is vitally important to both our tourism industry and for business here as we seek to create jobs.”