Broadway Travel has welcomed the announcement by Chancellor George Osborne that he will scrap Air Passenger Duty for under-12s.
Jason Waldron, product and marketing director at Broadway Travel, said: “This is the best news families have had for a long while and it means hard-working families will be see their holiday cash go further next year. Common sense has prevailed.
“By scrapping APD for under-12s, the Chancellor has made the family holiday a little more affordable. Whilst wages have hardly risen over the past few years, if at all, APD charges have increased significantly in recent years. There’s no doubt the extra costs from extortionate APD charges have meant families have had to reassess their holiday plans.
“And, since the rules have been tightened on parents taking children out of school, it has meant many families have not been able to afford the getaway they dream of.
Waldron added: “It seems George Osborne took on board Andrew Bridgen MP’s argument that children are exempt from taxation such as VAT on food and clothing. The benefit of scrapping this tax on children will be directly felt by families.”
Currently, a family of four travelling to the US will pay £69 per person in APD, while a longer flight to Australia will carry an APD levy of £97 per person. From the 2015-16 financial year, APD will be standardised on all long-haul flights to £71 per person.