The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

THIS year’s bud­get has made Bri­tish fliers the most highly taxed in the world. On April 1, Air Pas­sen­ger Duty rose by eight per cent, dou­ble the rate of in­fla­tion. What’s more, APD will rise again in April 2013, in line with in­fla­tion.

This means that a fam­ily of four tak­ing a hol­i­day to Europe will now pay £52 in APD (up from £48).

If the same fam­ily flies to the US or Egypt, they will fork out £260 (up from £240). Those go­ing to the Caribbean or South Africa will pay £324 (up from £300). And should the fam­ily visit Ar­gentina or Australia, they will have pay £368 (up from £340).

In ef­fect, APD has risen by as much as 360 per­cent since 2005 when it was only a fiver per per­son on flights to Europe and £20 per per­son on all other ser­vices.

Air­line and tour op­er­a­tors are cam­paign­ing against fur­ther in­creases and claim that or­di­nary fam­i­lies are be­ing taxed out of fly­ing. Do you agree? Let me know at

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