03 Mar No more Air Passenger Duty for under 16’s
With effect from 1 March 2016, Air passenger duty (APD) is no longer payable by children under 16 on all short haul (up to 2,000 miles) and long haul flights (over 2,000 miles). Children under 16 now join the under 12s in being exempt from the charge.
Each geographical band of APD has three rates of air passenger duty, one for reduced rate (economy) travel, the standard rate for higher classes of travel (usually premium economy / business / first class) and a higher rate for some private jets.
Children under 16 will only continue to be liable to pay APD if they are lucky enough to travel in classes of travel higher than economy. Not all airlines are automatically issuing refunds of APD for flights already booked. We would recommend any of our readers travelling with children aged 16 on or after 1 March 2016 check with their airline to ensure that they are refunded any APD that was not due. The amount of the refund will depend on when the flights were booked and the final destinations. The amount of the refund can range from £13 to £71 per child in 2015-16 and from £13 to £73 in 2016-17.
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Damian Hinds said:
'Now that the exemption is in force children will receive a reduction in the duty of up to £71 per child. Today’s change follows a series of actions by this government to cut the cost of flying. On 1 May 2015, government introduced an exemption for children under 12 and since 2010, APD has only risen with inflation, representing an effective price freeze on short-haul rates since 2012.'