Air Passenger Duty

Treasury written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what estimate he has made of how much air passenger duty revenue is lost annually as a result of passengers multi-ticketing via foreign hub airports; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how much air passenger duty revenue he expects will not accrue to the Exchequer in 2013-14 as a result of multi-ticketing via foreign hubs; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Air passenger duty is calculated on a passenger's final destination. The liability of a journey from the UK will be the same whether the journey is made by using a single, direct flight from the UK, or by using two or more connected flights through foreign hub airports.

A journey using separate unconnected tickets has practical and financial implications including no protection on the cost of missed connections. Data are not held on the number of UK passenger journeys to foreign hub airports that may be part of a longer journey using unconnected tickets.

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