Boost for family finances as Easter getaway begins

Many families planning an Easter break will get a boost when the cost of their foreign holidays are reduced as children under 16 will join under 12s in being exempt from paying Air Passenger Duty (APD) in economy class.

This change, which was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement 2014 and came into effect on 1 March, offers a saving of £142 to a family with two children under 16 travelling to long-haul destinations such as Florida, and £26 off a holiday in Europe.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Damian Hinds said:

This government is pleased to make travel easier and more affordable for working families. Aviation plays a key role in our economy and in the midst of a volatile economic outlook it is crucial we help families where we can. As passengers flying to the UK from abroad will also see the benefit of this exemption I hope it proves an incentive to families abroad to enjoy this country’s own world-leading tourism industry.