Air Passenger Duty

The measure

Air Passenger Duty (APD) due on flights to short-haul (Band A) destinations will remain at the same rates for 2021/22.

The reduced rate of APD due for carriage in the lowest class of travel (economy) to long-haul (Band B) destinations will increase by £2, and by £4 for carriage in a higher class of travel. The rate of APD for the carriage of passengers in private jets will rise by £13.

Following announcements in January 2020, the government has also stated that it will be consulting on aviation tax reform in spring 2020.


Who will be affected?

The APD rate change will apply to airlines and other businesses that operate flights departing UK airports, and their passengers.

Any further changes to APD could have an impact on the travel industry and travellers.


When will the measure come into effect?

The new rates will apply from 1 April 2021. 

Our view

As expected, the APD rates have increased in line with inflation. Despite previous speculation, more fundamental changes appear to have been delayed until the consultation in the spring.