What is APD?
Air Passenger Duty – APD is a UK Government excise duty tax that was introduced twenty years ago in 1994.
APD is charged for each passenger who boards a flight at a UK airport. Since the tax was introduced, children have paid the same as adults with one exception, infants under the age of 2.
Initially the charges were £5.00 for European flights and £10.00 for long-haul flights, but over the years we have seen a steady increase in the charges.
The current charge for passengers in economy class is –
Band A flights – up to 2,000 miles covering all of Europe, including North Africa and Turkey £13.00
Band B – 2,001 to 4000 miles £69.00
Band C – 4,001 to 6000 miles £85.00
Band D – Over 6,000 miles £97.00
UK chancellor George Osborne has recently announced some great news for families. On the 5th December 2014 APD – Air Passenger Duty for children under 12 is to be scrapped for those travelling in economy whereas children under 16 will have to wait until May 2016 – just in time for those much needed summer holidays.
How do I Claim This Money Back?
Some airlines are refunding your APD charge automatically, whereas with some you will need to fill out a form online. Click here for a list of popular airlines and there process.
If you are unsure we suggest you contact your airline direct.
How much will I save?
If your holiday is a short haul flight flying in economy class 2,000 miles or less, the saving will be £13.00 per child.
For flights with a distance of over 2,000 the saving will be £71.00 per child.
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