UK Air Travellers Must Pay More Air Tax

A higher rate of air passenger duty comes into force in the UK beginning Feb. 1.

The new tax rate is applicable to flights departing from UK airports, including domestic services.

The increase applies to all travellers, including those who bought their tickets before the rate rise was announced in December 2006. However British Airways has said it will not pass on the additional cost to passengers who purchased tickets before the December announcement.

The charge has been doubled to £10 for economy class flights within Europe and £40 for long-haul economy class flights. Meanwhile the passenger duty payable for business and first-class flights within Europe rises to £20, and those on long-haul business and first-class flights will have to pay £80.

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