Air tax scrapped for children from May 2015
In December’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that Air Passenger Duty (APD) would be scrapped for children under 12 flying in economy class, from next May onwards.
This will save families with under 12 year olds £71 per child on long-haul flights (2,000 miles or more) and £13 per child on short-haul flights.
Explore have passed the saving on to families that have already booked holidays leaving after 1st May 2015 and have reduced all current child prices to reflect the new rates.
For example, under 12s on our Egyptian Adventure
tour will now pay £891 rather than £962, and on our Taj, Tigers and Palaces
tour in India the child price has been cut from £1293 to £1222.
British travellers are among the most heavily taxed in the world. In fact the World Economic Forum ranked the UK 138th out of 139 countries according to the competitiveness of its air taxes and airport charges. Only five countries in Europe other than the UK currently levy a departure tax.
The other good news for families to look forward to is the Chancellor’s promise to abolish APD for under 16 year olds from May 2016 onwards.