FAMILIES going on long haul holidays will have to spend a bit more as the government increases Air Passenger Duty (ADP).
Following the announcement in the Budget 2020, long-haul flights are to go up in price.
Your long-haul flight is about to go up in priceCredit: Getty – Contributor
A family of four will see their trip cost £16, with long-haul premium economy, business and first class flights going up by £4 per person.
Economy seats on long-haul flights will increase by £2 per person, while short-haul flights will remain the same.
Often fly by private jet? You will now pay £13 more each to travel long-haul.
The announcement in the 2020 Budget follows the announcement in January that the government would review ADP, with plans to discuss changing it in spring.
Changes could include re-introducing an exemption for the return leg of a flight, and increasing the number of international distance bands.
Earlier this year, it was hoped that ADP would be halved, saving up to £360.
Long-haul flights will cost up to £4 per person, making a family holiday of four cost £16 moreCredit: Alamy
The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said they were “dismayed” that the temporary removal of ADP did not go ahead amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has seen the airline industry suffer.
BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said they asked to suspend it for six months, but that by ignoring this, “more UK airlines go under “.
ABTA also said that while they “welcomed” a future review in relation to domestic connectivity, they added that the ADP increase could cause the UK to be at a “competitive disadvantage compared with other countries”.
Flybe cited ADP as one of the reasons for its collapse, as the £26 charge on a round trip flight made routes un-competitive, while ADP remains the highest in Europe.
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ADP last increased in 2018, going up from £75 for long-haul economy flights to £78 – 30 per cent more compared to 2010.
Calls to reduce ADP have been going on for years, with many saying it was “unacceptable” to charge British travellers.
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