More taxes on premium and business class passengers in the UK

The UK will introduce new increases to the air passenger tax or Air Passenger Duty (APD) paid by those traveling in premium cabins, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced when presenting the government's new forecasts.

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As mentioned It is worth noting that Premium Economy, Business and First Class passengers currently pay between £13 for domestic flights, and £200 for long-haul flights of more than 5,500 miles departing from the UK. The increases announced as of 1 April this year bring these amounts to £14 and £202 respectively.

But the adjustment does not end there, as of April 1, 2025, the new prices will be as follows: For premium cabins on domestic flights, they will remain at the level of £14 from April 1, 2024, but for Band A flights (those with a range of up to 2,000 mile) will rise from £26 to £28.

Band B flights (those between 2,001 and 5,500 miles) will see non-economy APD fares increase from £194 to £216.

Band C fares (for flights over 5,500 miles) will increase by £22, from £202 payable from 1 April 2024, to £224 payable from 1 April 2025.

Fares for economy class passengers will remain broadly the same as those set on 1 April 2024 (between £7 and £92), although there will be a smaller increase for longer flights from 1 April 2025, with Band B and C fares rising. By 2 pounds sterling.

Hunt said that 70% of passengers will benefit from the frozen fares. For her part, Karen Dee, CEO of the Airport Operators Association, said: “It is disappointing to see air passenger rates for business travellers increasing, especially when data shows that this sector has not yet recovered to 2019 levels.” This is despite the government's previous commitment not to increase aviation taxes.

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He added that business travelers are responsible for increasing foreign investment in the UK, opening new markets for British goods and services, and creating jobs across the country. “We have to encourage them to come to the UK, making it easier for them to invest here, without putting more obstacles in their way,” he noted.

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