What is Air Passenger Duty?
Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a charge placed on outgoing flights from the UK and is paid by airlines to the Government.
These charges are generally passed on to customers, meaning that you pay more for your tickets than you would without APD.
Does Air Passenger Duty apply on tickets for kids too?
APD used to be charged for all passengers, regardless of age. However, in the 2014 Autumn Statement, George Osborne announced plans to scrap Air Passenger Duty for all under 12s travelling on flights from the UK. These changes came into effect on 1st May 2015.
What do these changes mean for me?
Well, these changes mean two great things if you’re flying abroad with kids. Firstly, you should notice that flights are a little bit cheaper from now on. Secondly, if you’ve already booked flights departing on/ after 1st May 2015, you can claim back Air Passenger Duty.
How much money can I expect to claim back?
£13 per child on short-haul flights (all of Europe, Turkey and North Africa) and up to £97 for longer journeys.
How do I claim back Air Passenger Duty?
Most airlines are not automatically refunding the tax, so it is likely that you will have to get in touch with your airline or travel agent to claim back Air Passenger Duty.
Are any airlines automatically refunding charges?
Yes. Monarch, BA, KLM and Air France are among the few airlines automatically refunding APD (see a detailed list here).
For full details of eligibility and how to claim back Air Passenger Duty, I’d recommend getting in touch with whoever you booked flights with (i.e. airline or agent directly). And if you’re considering booking flights for your next holiday, check out this info on planning flights to Europe.