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Air Passenger Duty Abolished for Under-12s

Wednesday 03 December 2014

Air Passenger Duty on family holidays

In today's Autumn Statement by the Treasury, George Osborne announced the abolition of Air Passenger Duty for children under 12 and stated the further possibility of its abolition for under-16s from May 2016. He also promised to make airlines list all taxes and charges on tickets.

The news was welcomed both by parents and by the travel industry, including Jason Waldron of Broadway Travel, who remarked: “Common sense has prevailed. The Chancellor has made the family holiday a little more affordable.”

Meanwhile, Dimitris Hiotis of Simon-Kucher & Partners commented: "We will […] potentially see a shift of holiday preferences from mid-haul to long-haul, as the latter become slightly more affordable for families than before […] This will also, to a smaller extent, help reduce the cost of holiday prices during the school holiday period, another highly contested topic." 

The move will halve APD on air fares for a family of four.

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