Air Passenger Duty rises in 2020 according to UK Budget 2018
It’s probably no surprise to anyone but it has been confirmed by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his new Budget – the last before Brexi that Air Passenger Duty will increase for long-haul flights from April 2020. Air Passenger Duty tax will be indexed so that it rises in line with inflation each year.
This means that the rates for long-haul economy will increase by £2, and the rates for those travelling in premium economy, business and first class will increase by £4. Those travelling long-haul in private jets will see the rate increase by £13.
The rise does not affect short haul flights where APD is frozen. The Government said not increasing APD on short-haul flights would keep the costs down for 80% of passengers.
Any airplane weighing 5.7 tonnes or more with a fixed wing flying out of a UK airport with passengers will attract the tax.
Every passenger onboard will have to pay a rate based on the destination. The bands are determined by government in two separate bands for short-haul and long-haul.
Band A is for any flights up to 2,000 miles from London to the capital of the destination country’s capital. This includes short-haul destinations including all EU and EEA countries, as well as a host of non-EU countries including Morocco, Turkey and Switzerland. You can see the full list of APD tax rates here (The Channel Islands and Isle of Man are also included).
Band B applies to any flight that’s over 2,000 miles from London to the country’s capital. So basically, what we’d consider to be long-haul – and these are the destinations that are attracting the rise in APD which is in line with inflation.