UK Air Passenger Duty Increase – Severe Implications for UK Tourists

From Monday next the new UK Government will press ahead with the controversial Air Passenger Duty increases making both long and short haul travel unreachable for many travellers. K568862UP3G8

For some families who are already struggling with the reality of severe economic hardship, an annual holiday abroad could well become a thing of the past…

Travel industry experts have warned that the increase in air tax (over 50% in some cases) which could make many desireable destinations a bit less affordable for prospective and annual tourists alike. Even in times of financial hardship, people still like to take their annual holiday, and save hard for it, and such a travel tax is an extra expense to undertake.

Members of the travel industry have expressed their deep disappointment with the proposed increases, which are due to take effect from Monday, November 1st. And of course, these increased charges will have multiplier effect implications for holiday accommodation providers and car hire operators too, as they are all part of the holiday experience.

Air Passenger Duty has increased several times in the recent seasons and the worry for the tourist industry is that some passengers simply will not venture abroad at all. And less we forget, the new air taxes will not only affect people going away on holiday, it will also affect tourists that travel to the UK, who will pay the tax when they leave the UK.

Tourism is clearly a massive generator of income for the UK, and whilst the air duty increase may well replenish the coffers of the Exchequer, how much will the public finances lose as a result through a possible drop in consumer travel spending? That is the big question to be answered – as it is UK tourists already pay on average the highest rate of Air Passenger Duty in the whole EU, and indeed the whole European continent.

Check out how these new new air taxes will affect you:

- For a journey up to 2,000 miles (ie Europe), a passenger will pay £12 in economy and £24 in premium class. A near 10% increase.

- For a journey up to 4,000 miles (USA and North Africa), a passenger will pay £60 in economy and £120 in premium class. This represents an increase of one third.

- Up to 6,000 miles (South Africa and a Carribean holiday) you will pay £75 in economy and £150 in premium seating. A whopping 50% increase!

- For an 8,000 mile air trip (Australia/New Zealand) £85 in economy and £170 in premium class. Again, a huge 55% increase.

As an example, it will work out just like this: A family of four travelling to Cape Town in economy class will now pay £300 instead of the previous £200. So be aware of this when you are booking!


How are you and your family going to be affected by this air tax in a future holiday abroad from next week? What do you make of these changes? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.