Did you know that in an event that you cannot board your flight you could be entitled to money back?
“Air Passenger Duty (APD) is an excise duty which is charged on the carriage of passengers from a United Kingdom or Isle of Man airport on an aircraft that has an authorised take-off weight of more than ten tonnes or more than twenty seats for passengers”.
APD is a charge that almost all of us pay on our flights if we are travelling from the the UK or IOM. Whether you have insurance or not, you are liable to claim for this tax back if you cancelled your flight booking, for whatever the reason.
Fact: From March 2016, children aged between 12 and 15 no longer need to pay air passenger duty.
Why do we pay APD?
On the 1st November 1994 APD was introduced. The charge rate was £5 on flights within the UK (from a UK airport) and £10 to other countries within the EEA (European Economic Area) - since then the rates have been slowly increasing! The reason for APD was to discourage people to take flights unnecessarily and to highlight the impact flying has on the environment. This tax totals to approximately £3 billion in revenue in every year!
How do you get a refund on the tax paid?
It really does depend on the airline that you are travelling with. Remember, you have your rights as a customer, you can check with your provider to see what you are liable for when you cannot commit to your travel plans.
How much would I expect to receive back?
The amount that you would be refunded would depend on a multiple of different factors:
1) The duration of the flight.
2) Where you were flying from.
3) How many people are on board the plane.
The tax charges are set out in different bands dependant on the above factors, the charge can vary from as low as £13 to as high as £438 (don’t worry - this is for business jets!)
Please note that you do not pay APD tax if you are catching a connecting flight in the UK.
Did you know, if you fly from Northern Ireland & the Scottish Highlands, you are exempt from paying APD!
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