Tax on long haul flights set to increase from 2017

Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates for tax years 2017-18 are set to increase for long-haul flights, reflecting a continuous increase in the tax level for long haul destinations, including Asia and Australia

APD rates for short haul flights (ranging from 0-2,000 miles) flying from the UK have not change since 2015-16.

The tax rates for short haul flights remain at £13 for economy flights, £26 for a business class or first class ticket and £78 for a higher rate for private aircrafts.

The government abolished APD for children aged 12 to 15 travelling in the economy class cabin on or after 1 March 2016, extending the exemption to all under 15s effectively.

However, the rates for long haul journeys of over 2,000 miles have continuously increased since APD was first introduced in 1994.

This is an increase of £2 on the reduced rate, £4 on the standard rate and £12 on the higher rate for the tax year 2016-17.

APD rates from 1 April 2017

Destination bands Distance from London (miles)Reduced rate (economy flights)Standard rate (business, first class)Higher rate: (for aircraft  20 tonnes or more, fewer than 19 passengers)
Band A 0 to 2,000£13£26£78
Band B Over 2,000£75£150£450


Northern Ireland APD rates from 1 April 2017

N Ireland APD Rates from 1 April 2017 (reduced/ standard/higher) 
Destination bands Distance from London (miles)DirectIndirect
Band A 0 to 2,000£13/ £26/ £78£13/ £26/ £78
Band B Over 2,000£0/ £0/ £0£75/£150/£450

Flights flying from Northern Ireland have also had the same rates increased.

Amy Austin |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2016-2019]

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