APD (Air passenger duty) is going up again!
Not good news for travellers to Kenya.
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Why should it be deleted.
What is Air Passenger Duty anyways?
What is the cost presently? What might the increase be?
apd is a tax approx £450 to kenya with kq , with turkish airlines its cheaper dont know why but they have a work round some how , it will increase because the government here need the cash , but there not looking at the big picture as it will have the opposite effect ie less people travelling and comming to britain
❝What is Air Passenger Duty (APD)?
APD is an excise duty which is due on chargeable passengers being carried from a UK airport on chargeable aircraft.
The rate of APD depends on the passengers' final destination. There are four destination bands based on the distance between London and the capital city of the destination country/territory. Each destination band has two rates of duty depending on the class of travel, so there are eight different rates of duty in total.❞
From UK HMRC website
This duty has been increased in this week's budget by £2 for economy flights and £4 for any other class of travel for all flights of more than 2,000 miles
London - Nairobi falls into Class C (4,000 to 6,000 miles) and the economy class duty has increased from £81 to £83, other classes have increased from £162 to £166
Thanks Doff for explaining.
Guess that's the reason I've always avoided, regardless destination, flying thru the UK... taxes/duty or whatever it's called, has always been astronomical compared to flights via other countries. Can well understand why the Brits are pi$$ed.
You are not alone, 4sandi. We live in the north of the UK so begin with a regional flight anyway so we fly to a hub such as Paris rather than Paris so saving on both apd and higher airport passenger fees when flying to places like South Africa. Saves a lot with 4 people flying.
you don't save the APD when flying via Paris or Amsterdam (as I usually do) unless you buy the two legs of the flight in separate tickets, or there is more than 24 hours between connecting flights. It is the final destination that determines the tax.
See Section 4 - Connected flights in this HMRC document
It is much cheaper (and far more convenient) for us Northerners to fly via Amsterdam or Paris to Africa but APD is not a factor,Edited: 23 March 2013, 05:07
I understand that APD will increase again in 2014. it makes the UK one of the most expensive countries to fly from, in terms of taxes.
That's correct - the Chancellor announced in the Budget that “APD rates for 2013-14 will rise in line with the RPI from 1 April 2013…. APD rates for 2014-15 will rise in line with RPI from 1 April 2014”.
I live in the UK and wherever possible I fly to a European destination CDG,AMS,DUB on a short haul ticket(low APD rate) and then continue my journey with a ticket purchased from of these destinations thus avoiding the incredibly high long haul APD that the british government charge-for example flying from DUB to US in a few weeks and taxes and charges etc are £210 lower(with the same carrier) including the cost of flying to Dublin per ticket than the UK because Ireland doesn't charge APD-you just have to make certain you allow enough time to make the next leg of your journey