The British government has changed the banding system that determined the amount of APD contributions on flights that depart from airports in the UK. There were two bands that applied to any flights to destinations more than 4,000 away and these have been abolished. The rule for long-haul flights is now that all flights that are to a country whose capital is more than 2,000 miles from London will be taxed the same amount.
This change will be of great benefit to anyone who is flying to a destination that is over 4,000 miles from their departing airport. This includes destinations such as the Caribbean, which will result in a savings of £56 for a family of four, and Australia, which will result in a savings of £104 for a family of four. Those travelling between 2,000 and 4,000 miles will have to pay slightly more in tax, about £2 per person on flights to the U.S.
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