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UK families save as Air Passenger Duty abolished for under-16s

UK families are set to make some serious savings after an Air Passenger Duty abolishment for passengers aged 16 and under.

Missing passport pages mean tourist is sent home from Thailand.
Missing passport pages mean tourist is sent home from Thailand. Image by Chris Fleming / CC BY-SA 2.0

The change will mean that passengers under 16 will be receiving a tax reduction and it’s seen as a follow up to the May 2015 measure that abolished APD for children under 12.

Cheapflights.co.uk spokesperson Phil Bloomfield said that parents could claim back APD as of today. “We’d… urge those families with existing bookings to talk with the their travel agent or airline to ensure that this change in tax bands has already been factored in the price they’ve paid for their flights, as some opportunities for refunds may exist,” he said.

Waiting at Heathrow.
Waiting at Heathrow. Image by hiroyuki kambe / CC BY-SA 2.0

The cost deduction will be felt most on flights of upwards of 2000 miles and there’s expected to be an increase in family bookings in the coming months due to reduction.