Time to scrap Air Passenger Duty
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:43

Of all the insidious taxes the so-called Air Passenger Duty tells people not to come to the UK, and encourages UK travellers to find alternatives.

Today it costs a whopping £60 in Air Passenger Duty (tax) to fly out of the UK if you are bound for North America or Canada. The government gives nothing in return, it simply takes.

For a family of 4 that's £240 in pure tax.

On top of that there are all the airport taxes and fees as well.

Other countries have found that abolishing this tax has brought in more tourists, it's time the UK did the same.

How to avoid Air Passenger Duty

Instead of flying out of the UK and paying massive taxes, why not adjust your plans slightly and take advantage of nearby Ireland. Fly from the UK to Ireland and you pay a small tax, then make your main journey from Ireland to your final destination.

On a recent trip to Canada the author saved massively by flying first to Dublin, then Dublin to Toronto. Amazing as it sounds that saved £200 per person because of lower airport charges and even more surprising, lower fares too.

It's easy to look around and compare fares and changes, so next time you are heading off on holiday take a look at Ireland. You can fly to Dublin, take a short break and then head off for your main holiday, flying back to the UK. It's like having a break in Ireland paid for by the UK government.

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