HOLIDAYMAKERS from Taunton could soon be travelling a further 60 miles to catch their flight if they want to keep their costs down.

There are fears that a taxpayer-funded incentive could make catching a place from Cardiff Airport much cheaper than from Bristol Airport.

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow and other South West MPs have written to Chancellor George Osborne urging him to scrap place to devolve air passenger duty (APD) to Wales.

She fears it will enable Cardiff to undercut Bristol, the UK's ninth busiest airport, which handled 6.76 million passengers last year.

As well as potentially resulting in a 25 per cent drop in passenger numbers at Bristol, Ms Pow fears it would see the South West economy take a £843 million hit.

She said: "We are urging the Chancellor not to devolve APD to Wales because if they decide to waive this it would severely distort the market and potentially drive passengers to Cardiff.

"Whilst I am not against a reduction in APD, I believe that it is vital that there is a level playing field across the UK.

"Bristol Airport is a thriving hub, a key airport for the people of Taunton Deane as well as a rapidly expanding transport link for the South West and I am keen to see this success continue in the coming years."