Great Britain will increase its Air Passenger Duty (APD) – currently the most costly airport tax in the world – for long haul flights by another 2.5 percent beginning April 2013.
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced the tax increase for all long-haul flights and premium classes by £2 (about $3.20 US) per passenger.
After the increase, the APD for long-distance flights, such as those to the US, will stand at about $107 per passenger for economy and at about $215 per passenger for premium classes. The APD on economy class for short flights will remain the same at £13 (about $20).
Airline industry organizations on both sides of the Atlantic have opposed the move.