Announcing alterations in the 2014 Budget, Chancellor George Osborne has made changes to the Air Passenger Duty that is levied on long haul flights from the UK.
This charge is calculated depending on the distance between London and the destination country’s capital city.
UK passengers on long-haul flights will benefit from this overhaul and simplification of the controversial departure tax and will be introduced in April 2015.
What it will mean:
All long-haul flights from the UK will be moved into ‘Band B’ the one currently used for the USA, this will mean there is an even playing field for passengers travelling to destinations like Shanghai, San Francisco, Cape Town or Bridgetown.
Currently passengers on an eight-hour flight to Barbados pay more duty than those on an 11-hour flight to Los Angeles! However those on longer-haul flights to destinations such as Australia and emerging markets in south east Asia pay even more at the moment.
Now Mr Osborne said he was scrapping the two of the highest of the four APD tax bands so those on long-haul flights will pay as much as they do now for travelling to the USA.
Airlines, travel organisations, Caribbean tourism boards and Chinese business leaders have criticized the APD system and it appears today that airlines also have welcomed the changes that have been announced by George Osborne, who even himself, called the tax crazy.
So why not scrap it altogether and bring a massive boost to UK tourism?
Current Charges are: Band A £52 (0- 2,000 miles)
Band B £276 (2,001-4,000)
Band C £340 (4,001-6,000)
Band D £388 (6,001 and above)
See my previous APD rant, I wonder if Mr Osborne read it?