GREAT NEWS FOR PARENTS: Air passenger duty abolished for children under 12

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GREAT NEWS FOR PARENTS: Air passenger duty abolished for children under 12


Air passenger duty (APD) for children under the age of 12 on economy travel will be abolished from May 2015 according to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.


George Osborne also advised that from the following year, APD for children under 16 will also be abolished.

Whilst parents welcome the decision with open arms, critics have said the move could cause “a fatal blow” to tax.

This measure follows an announcement in the Budget in earlier this year to scrap two APD tax bands.

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Air passenger duty is charged on all passenger flights from UK airports.

The rate of tax varies according to where the passenger is going, and the class of travel purchased.



“This will save a family of four £26 on a flight to Europe, and £142 on one to the US,” the Treasury tweeted.

The move will cost the Treasury £40m in 2015-16. The cost will jump to £80m the following year, and rise to £95m in 2019-20.

Easyjet said that it would “pro actively refund” passengers who have already bought tickets to fly after April 2015.

The British Air Transport Association (BATA) said that the government move was “an early stocking filler for families”, but it “presents significant practical difficulties” for airlines.

“The industry has always said that changes to APD should have at least a 12-month lead in time due to advance bookings,” said BATA chief executive Nathan Stower.

Mr Stower noted proposals to devolve APD powers to Scotland, and called for the tax to be put “out of its misery”.

The move “not only increases tax complexity, but inflicts a fatal blow to the justification for the tax existing at all” said Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

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