air passenger duty tax: why is the rate changing and what does it mean for british travellers?
This spring, air travel will become more expensive for travelers taking off from the UK, a tax called air passenger tax (APD)increases. There are two rates for passengers as of April 1, 2017 ( Group A and Group B) Three levels: low rate, standard rate and higher rate. Band A\'s travellers paid £ 13, £ 26 and £ 78 respectively, while Band B\'s passengers paid £ 75, £ 150 and £ 450 on the third floor. From 1april2018, these interest rates will rise further. This is what you need to know. Air passenger duty (APD) It is the tax paid by all passengers flying away from the UK, which is levied by the government. There are similar taxes in other countries, but for short and long flights, the UK\'s APDtax is to some extent the highest in the EU. Tim Cade of British Airways, a British registered airline trading agency, told The Independent, \"France has more than three times the rate in France and Germany has more than twice the rate in Germany. In addition, the UK APDis is the country with the highest tax rate on long-distance flights in the world. Cadesaid: \"Most countries do not levy taxes on air travel, and countries such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium have canceled equivalent taxes after recognizing that the aviation sector and connectivity are negatively affected. \"There are two destination bands for the British avalanche diodes. Band A covers A journey between 0 and 2,000 miles from London to the destination national capital. The Bcover band is more than 2,000 miles from the destination capital. Band A includes all European and EU countries as well as asCorsica, Gibraltar, Madeira, Sicily, Svalbard, Azores, baleari, Canary Islands It also includes African countries such as Morocco, Libya, Arabia and Tunisia; Islands of the Straits and the Isle of Man; The Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, the Russian Federation of Yugoslavia ( West of Urals) Serbia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and Kosovo. All other destinations belong to band B. The three rates of ADP are the reduction rate, the standard rate and the higher rate. The reduced passenger is the lowest travel level passenger with a seat spacing of less than 40 inch on the plane; The standard rate covers any other category of travel with seat spacing exceeding 40 inch; Travel by plane of 20 tons or more and transport less than 19 passengers. From 1 April2018, the APDwill of the B-band Flight will change. Interest rates in Group A will remain unchanged. The reduced interest rate will rise by 3 to 78, the standard interest rate will rise by 6 pounds to 156, and the higher interest rate will rise the most, from 450 to Sterling. If you are traveling in the EU and the EEA, or any other destination traveling in Band A, you will not be affected by the increased costs. However, if your final destination is 2,000 miles away, you will see an increase in the departure tax you pay. Some aviation and tourism organizations have responded negatively to these changes and launched a campaign to impose a fair tax on flights. With the support of British Airways, ABTA, Travel Association and British Bar Association ( Trade Agency representing overseas airlines) The campaign strongly criticized the rise of the UK and called for a minimum cut of 50, which would keep the UK in line with Germany, the next highest level of the EU air tax. \"British consumers and business travelers have paid the highest such taxes in the world,\" Cade said . \". \"This increase is another tax rip-off, which will add 0. 172 billion to Treasury coffers in addition to 3. The Treasury Department received £ 3 billion from air passengers last year. He labeled growth as \"unfair\" and said it sent a \"wrong signal\" to overseas travel markets and trading partners considering flying to the UK to do business \". \"He noted that since its first launch in 1994, short flights have been £ 5 and long flights have been £ 10, with a population increase of 680 over the past 24 years. Cade added: \"In order to support families and trade, save jobs, boost growth, and help the UK out of the EU, we need to urgently cut at least £ 50 in destructive taxes --ready.