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APD Explained

UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) charges — the fees all passengers flying out of the UK must pay for their outbound flight — rose on 1 November, 2010.

What does this mean for travellers?  The amount of duty charged per flight will rise, making the total cost per flight increase. Exactly how much will depend on the destination and seat class — costs are broken into four bands.  A short-haul journey of less than 2000 miles (like Berlin or Paris) will see minimal changes: These routes increase by £1 to £11 per person in economy class, or by £2 to £24 in business and first.  

Medium- and long-haul flights will be affected the most. For example, passengers flying to Egypt will be charged £60 APD (a £15 increase) in economy class. Those heading to Australia will pay £85 (£30 extra) in economy — an increase of over 50%.

Some bands are unusual — Hawaii is calculated like the US, so passengers flying to the Caribbean will pay more than those heading to Hawaii, roughly 3000 miles further away.

Premium economy class seats will be charged the same amount as business and first class.

For details on the charges, including a breakdown on the four bands and which countries fall into each, go to HM Revenue & Customs

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010
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