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Airline Passenger Duty Hike

The government has announced the latest rises in Air Passenger Duty (APD), with a small increase in the tax on economy short-haul flights and a larger increase on mid- and long-haul flights.

New APD rates will come into play from April, 2012. Unfortunately, even if you've already purchased tickets for travel after the increase, you'll still have to pay the new rates. However, according to The Telegraph, some airlines like easyJet have said they will absorb the increase, some are considering sending a bill in advance and several -- including popular carriers British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair, are still weighing the options.

The tax on economy short-haul flights (those travelling 0-2000 miles from the UK) will rise to £13 from £12, while there will be £5 rise to £65 for economy flights of 2001-4000 miles from the UK. The latter will hit flights to destinations including New York and Dubai.

Destinations such as Cape Town and Sydney (falling in band D) will be subject to a £7 rise to £92.

Taxes for all cabins aside from economy will be double the economy rate.

Click here to see the full breakdown of the new tax levels, from April, 2012 (scroll to the bottom of the page for the APD info).

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Monday, 5 December 2011
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