Passengers to pay more for long-haul flights – ramping up the cost of holidays abroad

Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak announces Air Passenger Duty cut

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Mr Sunak said there will be an increased air passenger duty for ultra-long haul flights. This will be put in place from April 2023.

Mr Sunak announced from the Commons today that the cost for ultra-long haul flights will increase.

Families may have to pay an extra £20 to travel on a long-haul flight from April 2023.

However, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said fewer than five percent of passengers will pay more.

Mr Sunak added that there will be a lower rate of air passenger duty for domestic flights.

Cutting the air passenger duty for domestic flights is good news, put in place to support regional airports and to help decrease Britons’ cost of living.

But long haul flight costs are rising in a bid to help save the planet.

Mr Sunak said: “We’re also making changes to reduce carbon emissions from aviation.

“Most emissions come from international rather than domestic aviation.

“So, we are introducing from April 2023 a new ultra-long haul band in air passenger duty, covering flights of over 5,500 miles with an economy rate of £91.”

Mr Sunak reiterated that this will affect only those who take ultra-long haul flights.

He said: “Less than five percent of passengers will pay more, but those who fly furthest will pay the most.”

This move will be part of the Government’s environmental plans to decrease Britain’s carbon footprint.

Speaking about the cut to air passenger duty for domestic flights, Mr Sunak said: “Airports in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will from Arpil 2023 will be subject to a new lower rate of air passenger duty.

“This will help cut the cost of living with nine million passengers seeing their duty cut by half.

“It will bring people together across the United Kingdom.

“And, because they tend to have greater proportion of domestic passnegers, it is a boost to regional airports like Aberdeen, Belfast, Inverness, and Southampton.”

The Chancellor added: “Airports are major regional employers, so to help them get through the winter, I am also extending our support for English airports for a further six months.”

Lisetning to Mr Sunak’s Budget today, Britons’ took to Twitter to express their opinions on his announcements regarding both domestic and international travel.

Many were angry with the Chanecellor and his governemnt’s decisions.

Former leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas wrote: “Yes, you heard that right – @RishiSunak is making flights cheaper. Good thing there’s no #ClimateEmergency.”

Twitter user Ulrich Tromm said: “How about investing in public transport instead?”

Laura Lundahl commented: “So…an increase to go places where you virtually have to take a plane, and a discount on places where a plane should absolutely be the last option? Got it.”

Will Barraclough wrote: “This is utterly backwards. Short haul flights are the most environmentally damaging per passenger mile and the most easily avoided. We should aspire to no flights within our small country. We certainly shouldn’t be encouraging them.”

Twitter user @Jimmytherat1 said: “Cheaper to fly around the UK but more expensive for me to fly and see my brother in Melbourne who I’ve not seen for two and a half years? Nice one.”

Speaking about the Chancellor’s travel news today, Elliot Bishop, head of the luxury asset group at Shoosmiths, commented: “Lowering the rate of air passenger duty for domestic flights will provide UK airports with a key boost at a time when the travel industry is still in significant distress.

“It may, however, create a situation whereby people are encouraged to utilise domestic air travel over rail, which the government must consider and address in line with its environmental targets.”

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