Air Passenger Duty scrapped for under 16s flying from UK airports

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Photo: Li Yong

Changes to Air Passenger Duty come into force today (1 March), meaning family holidays will be cheaper for thousands as the tax is scrapped for under 16s.

The new rules, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his December 2014 Autumn Statement, mean that 12-15 year olds are now exempt from paying the duty on economy tickets when flying from a UK airport. Children under the age of 12 have been exempt since May last year.

APD is set at £13 per person when flying within Europe or to some North African countries. The tax changes to around £71 per person when flying long haul, but may increase depending on which class a person is flying in.