29 FEBRUARY 2016

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Article from BTNews 29 FEBRUARY 2016

Air tax reduced

Families with teenage kids will fly for less from 1 March with the removal of the UK’s air tax, Air Passenger Duty (APD), on Economy flights for children under 16. 

This follows the abolition of APD on flights for children under 12 last May.

Following the cut, a family of two parents plus two children under 16 will save £26 on flights to Europe and £142 on flights to long-haul destinations such as the USA, Thailand and Australia.

With significant savings on longer flights for children, bookings to family favourite Florida are up 13% over two years, clearly partly boosted by the abolition of APD.  Additionally, bookings to the Caribbean are up 29% for this summer.

Both cuts were announced in the Autumn Statement in 2014 and are a result of a ‘Scrap the Tax on Family Flights’ initiative, which was launched by A Fair Tax on Flying.

But taking youngsters in the higher grade cabins remains fully chargeable for VAT! www.gov.uk/guidance/air-passenger-duty

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