May 1 APD change prompts uplift in family holiday searches

May 1 APD change prompts uplift in family holiday searches

An 18% increase in family travel searches has been detected for holidays containing one or more children departing after Air Passenger Duty changes on May 1.

The upswing in interest coincides with a reduction in APD for children under 12 flying in economy from the UK from next month, according to travel deals site Dealchecker.

The saving, announced in December, amounts to £13 or £71 per child, depending on destination, for departures from the UK after May 1.

Airlines are also processing refunds for families who have booked in advance.

Alice Mariscotti-Wyatt, editor at, said: “The airlines are as passionate as we are about reducing APD.

“Every one of them has been working hard to ensure passengers get the refunds due to them as soon as possible.

“Each airline is managing the process slightly differently, depending on their booking systems.”

The company described the change in APD as a “move in the right direction” but urged consumers to support the A Fair Tax on Flying campaign.

Dealchecker has created an APD ‘guide to getting your money back’ with details of which airlines are processing refunds automatically before or after travel and which ones need additional information to process a refund.


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