Long-haul flights face 'eco tax' in Rishi Sunak's autumn budget

Long-haul flights face ‘eco tax’ in Rishi Sunak’s autumn budget – with holidays to Australia and South Africa among those that would cost more

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak is said to be planning to increase Air Passenger Duty
  • The Treasury revealed earlier this year it was considering raising taxes on flights
  • Likely to be billed as a demonstration of his commitment to the green agenda 

Families face paying more for holidays to places such as Australia, South Africa and Japan after next week’s Budget, it emerged last night.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is said to be planning to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) for long-haul flights.

The Treasury revealed earlier this year it was considering raising taxes on flights to the furthest-flung destinations to make the ‘polluter pay’. 

It said this would ensure that ‘those who travel furthest internationally, and consequently have the greatest impact on the environment, incur the most duty’.

APD is currently charged in two tax bands – for flights of up to 2,000 miles and of more than 2,000 miles. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is said to be planning to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) for long-haul flights (file image)

The maximum per passenger is currently £554. While APD is paid by airlines, much of the cost tends to be passed on to travellers.

Mr Sunak wants a three-band structure, according to The Guardian, with flights of more than 6,000 miles facing the highest charges. 

It is likely to be billed as a demonstration of his commitment to the green agenda ahead of next week’s Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. 

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