The UK announced another increase in its Air Passenger Duty (APD)—a departure tax.
This will see the APD for economy-class seats on long-haul flights—more than 2,000 miles—rise by £2 ($2.60) to £80, while premium cabin passengers will see the APD rise £4 to £176. The new rates take effect in spring 2020. The APD for short-haul flights will be frozen.
The UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) is the highest passenger tax levied anywhere in the world. Originally introduced in 1994 as a means to pay for the environmental costs of air travel, it has risen by a whopping 824% by 2015.
What started out as £5 ($6.50) for short-haul flights and £10 ($12.97) for long-haul flights, the tax reached £13 ($17) for economy class and £26 ($33) for all other classes.
Passengers flying further than 2,000 miles pay £73 ($95) for economy class and up to £146 ($189) for all other classes. A further rise is planned for April next year.
In a commissioned report, PwC argued that abolishing APD would give a 1.7% boost to the UK economy by 2020. In September, Prime Minister Theresa May came under renewed pressure from airline CEOs to scrap the tax
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