November 23, 2017
The UK’s Airport Tax is Increasing by 14.6% in 2019

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The U.K. Treasury announced plans to increase the Air Passenger Duty (APD) for Premium Economy, Business, First Class, and Private Jet flights departing the U.K. The APD is a tax charged on all flights originating in the U.K. The United Kingdom already charges some of the highest air travel taxes in the world, so this is a particularly disheartening development. The APD rates per ticket are increasing as follows:


Current

  • Short-haul Economy £13
  • Short-haul Business £26
  • Long-haul Economy £75
  • Long-haul Premium Economy and above £150

April 1, 2018

  • Short-haul Economy £13
  • Short-haul Business £26
  • Long-haul Economy £78
  • Long-haul Premium Economy and above £156

April 1, 2019

  • Short-haul Economy £13
  • Short-haul Business £26
  • Long-haul Economy £78
  • Long-haul Premium Economy and above £172

Britain’s Chancellor Philip Hammond says the tax increase on premium travel is needed to pay for the 5-year APD freeze on Economy tickets. Airlines have been lobbying against the APD for years as it makes flights out of the U.K sharply more expensive than nearby markets. The £172 tax on long-haul premium travel coming in 2019 is the equivalent of almost $230. That’s a lot of money to charge for the privilege of using a U.K. airport.


H/T: The Independent

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