Lower fares for families traveling in economy

Abolition of kids’ APD starts tomorrow

Families with kids will fly for less from tomorrow with the abolition of Air Passenger Duty on economy flights for children under 12.

It typically means a family of four (with two children under 12) will save £26 on flights to Europe and £142 on flights to long haul destinations such as the US, Thailand and Australia.

Announced in the Autumn Statement late last year, following a ‘Scrap the Tax on Family Flights’ initiative by the Fair Tax on Flying campaign, the cut comes into effect on May 1.

However, children travelling in any other class than economy remain chargeable passengers and APD is due.

Airlines and travel companies have refunded or will refund APD on flights for under 12s that were booked and paid for before the reductions were announced.

There are now just two bands for APD: Band A where destinations are 0-2,000 miles from London and Band B where destinations are over 2,000 miles away.

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Whilst this is undoubtedly good news for holidaymakers, British travellers still face the highest air taxes on air travel anywhere in Europe.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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