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Air Passenger Duty - Changes for April 2015 announced

09/07/2014

What is Air Passenger Duty (APD)?

Every time you book a flight, your payment will include an element of Air Passenger Duty (APD). During the last few years, APD has been steadily increasing, meaning that British air passengers are amongst the most highly taxed in the world and making the UK one of the least competitive countries for air taxes and airport charges.

That is about to change, albeit only for long haul destinations.

APD - Aircraft

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What are the changes to APD in 2015?

From April 2015, the higher tax bands, which apply to flights of more than 4,000 miles, will be scrapped and tax will be charged at the same, lower rate that applies to flights of more than 2,000 miles. The net effect, for economy class travel, will be a saving of £14 per person travelling between 2,001 and 4,000 miles (currently band C) and for those travelling more than 6,001 miles, the saving will be £26 (currently band D).

The new policy was included in the March 2014 budget on the basis that "This measure contributes to the UK's growth opportunities by lowering the cost of travelling to many emerging market destinations such as China, India and Brazil.”

The current rates of APD can be seen on the HMRC APD page.

What will the changes to APD mean for the traveller?

It is anticipated that the reduction in cost for long haul flights will encourage more people to plan holidays to destinations outside of Europe and that it will attract more group travel, including families travelling together.

Escorted tours to exotic destinations, particularly aimed at more mature travellers are also expected to gain in popularity as trips to faraway destinations become more affordable to older couples.



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