Travel operators confirm APD refund for eligible children’s flights

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announcement that Air Passenger duty (APD) will be scrapped for under 12s from May 1st 2015, several tour operators have revealed that they will be offering refunds to customers who have already booked holidays for next summer.

Air craftThomson Airways revealed that it would refund APD where it no longer applied, as well as amending Thomson and First Choice holiday prices to reflect the changes.

Monarch Airlines followed suit also offering refunds for flights already booked for children under the age of 12 from May 1st 2015 and changing prices for all other flights after the above date.

CEO Andrew Swaffield said:

“We look forward to hearing the detail of this announcement and to working with industry bodies on its implementation.”

The Chancellor’s move – which will also bring an end to APD for under 16s from 2016 - comes just weeks after the campaign; Scrap the Tax on Family Flights received the backing of more than 30 MPs.

Commenting at the time, Dale Keller, a spokesman for the campaign, said:

“The tax on children’s flights is a strain on family budgets.

“Given that the tax is levied at the highest rates in the world, this tax surely fails to meet the Government’s own “family test”.

“Scrapping Air Passenger Duty on children’s flights will help to make an annual holiday more affordable for hard-working and hard-pressed families, at a minimal cost to the Government.”

The end of APD for all children under the age of 16 in two year’s time follows the Chancellor’s Budget announcement of an end to the top two bands for APD (C and D) from the 1st of April 2015. This applies to flights of 4001 miles and over.

Flights that previously fell into these categories will then be charged at rates for band B, which next April will amount to £142 per flight.

If you are heading off on a family holiday, it's important to organise family travel insurance in advance.


Date Created: 05 December 2014

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