Taxes soar on air travel, goodbye Premium Economy?

30 October 2009

Need to fly somewhere? Can you get there and back by Sunday? No? Boo. Then you'll have to pay a metric fuckton more tax on your travels from November 1st, as passengers are screwed even further by taxation. Announced in April's budget, the new Air Passenger Duty took effect immediately, so passengers booking flights for trips after November 1st have already paid the tax.

How much is it? Lots. And then a bit more. Currently an economy passenger pays £10 APD on a short-haul flight and £40 on a long-haul journey.  The new level of taxation creates four bands of tax based on length of route, and the class of seat:

Bitterwallet - APD bands

Bizarrely, Premium Economy has been lumped in with Business and First Class - presumably because it includes the word Premium. However, the difference is taxation between the two is 100 per cent - forcing all those honeymooning couples and thirty bob millionaires to pay double the tax paid in Economy. When you consider the impact this tax makes on longer flights versus the percentage increase in ticket cost, and realise the benefits of Premium Economy aren't a huge deal breaker compared to the cheap seats - could this kill off Premium Economy in the UK?

The airlines are predictably and arguably quite rightly doing their nut about this. Not only does it threaten business at a time when the industry is suffering, but nobody sees this "green" tax revenue going anywhere but the Government coffers.

[Table courtesy of Business Traveller]

TOPICS:   Travel

17 comments

  • Tiny S.
    Something's wrong. No mention of Apple or the iPrick
  • me
    Yet more tax under the bullsh*t excuse of green to fill greedy Gordon's pockets. Natures natural cycle, ice age, get warmer, get cooler, ice age and so on. Fat cat politicians travel around at our expense, burning fcuk knows how much co2 in their huge jags, range rovers, etc. Most people can barely afford a holiday due to the ridiculous levels of tax in the uk, now they are being made to suffer even more. Get on a train or drive and fly from europe.
  • Shooter M.
    Gordon Brown is a lank haired glass eyed cunt who will hopefully be jobless by May.
  • dados
    Posted by Shooter McGavin | October 30th, 2009 at 5:45 pm Gordon Brown is a lank haired glass eyed cunt who will hopefully be jobless by May. Greetings Mr.Clarkson.......................
  • Gunn
    I understand the need to restock the piggy bank but why not a more fairer level charge of £10 across the board, regardless of distance or class. Ireland has that currently.
  • callum
    Because £10 would make the government less money, obviously... Tax isn't there to be fair, its there to raise the money required to run the country.
  • Brian
    Hi, my name is Brian. I would just like to say hello to everyone.
    • Andy D.
      Hello Brian.
  • sgandtg
    "Posted by callum | October 30th, 2009 at 10:25 pm Because £10 would make the government less money, obviously… Tax isn’t there to be fair, its there to raise the money required to run the country." And allow MP's to afford various apple products. Hello Brian. Hello Andy.
  • Stephen
    What's their with the obsession with leg room, I wonder? Lots of people have to travel in Premium, not because it is luxury but because they have long legs and Economy is not an option. This tax seriously discriminates unfairly against tall people/people with long legs. "If only one class of travel is available and that class provides for seating in excess of 40" then the standard (rather than the reduced) rate of ADP applies." Sounds to me like the Her Madge's Government wants to either rip 'em off or pack 'em in and give 'em all Deep Vein Thrombosis! It wouldn't surprise me if someone challenged this in Brussels. And Hello Brian, Hello Andy, Hello Sgandtg.
  • Big F.
    Men are on average taller than women, so it's a sex discriminating tax which is illegal .
  • RobC
    Tax fat people more I say
  • Me
    Tall people earn more, that's proven. You know why? Because they can get more work done, by walking around very quickly and have long fingers which they can type more easily with. We shortarses need a break, huffing and puffing along at the back, standing on tiptoes to reach the top shelf, having to take our trousers to the tailors because of our teeny legs. So at least we can get taxed a little less, that makes it all worth it.
  • Sir K.
    Quotw "but nobody sees this “green” tax revenue going anywhere but the Government coffers." Without this valuable extra revenue, MP's would have to start to pay their own ways in the real world, just like the rest of us diposable cash cows.
  • Joe B.
    “If only one class of travel is available and that class provides for seating in excess of 40″ then the standard (rather than the reduced) rate of ADP applies.” That was introduced to make people who fly on business or first class only flights (e.g. like Concord used to be) pay the higher rate of the charge. Anyway it is not all bad news, a lot of places that used to fall in the higher £40 rate you now only pay £11. Places like Turkey, The Canary Islands,Madeira, Morocco, etc.
  • Shooter M.
    Gordon Brown is a lank haired glass eyed cunt who will hopefully be jobless by May. Greetings Mr.Clarkson………………….. in that case, it should have read "who hopefully will be made jobless by James May"
  • Mark H.
    I know it's fashionable to say that global warming is a natural phenomenon that isn't man made but if there's even a small chance that it is a man made problem then everyone travelling less will help. The only way to do this is not to appeal to people's sense of community but to charge them more. I'd prefer it if the tax was spent directly on cancelling out CO2 emissions though.

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