Air passenger duty

Air passenger duty is a departure tax levied on most air travel.

First introduced in November 1994, it is payable by airlines on each passenger they carry from a UK airport, and is a cost that is often transparently passed on to the customer on their ticket.

Air passenger duty is currently levied at the standard rate of £20 for destinations within the UK or European Economic Area (reduced to £10 for economy class) and £80 for travel to all other destinations (reduced to £40 for economy class).

The tax does not apply to flights from airports in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

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