Rising cost of APD hits British travellers

Rising cost of APD hits British travellers

The results of the 2013 TripAdvisor Flights Survey have reveal British travellers’ attitudes to the continuing rise of Air Passenger Duty, and the impending lift on liquid restrictions in hand-luggage across EU airports.

As industry campaigners continue to battle against APD, the TripAdvisor survey of over 1,100 respondents reveals that the majority of British travellers are also against it, with 77 per cent citing that APD should be scrapped.

With APD set to increase further this coming April, it seems the increasing tax could take its toll on British holiday-makers plans, particularly during these tough economic times – over a quarter of Brits (27 per cent) say that the cost of APD will impact on their travel plans this year.

Also in April, the 100ml limit for any liquids in carry-on luggage is due to be lifted when all EU airports will have equipment capable of screening liquids.

Despite the restriction having been in place for traveller safety since 2006, only 17 per cent of Brits claim they will feel less safe without it.

“Flights make up a significant part of the cost of a trip and the results of this research reveal that the ever increasing cost of APD is becoming a real concern for British travellers,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Emma Shaw.

“And, while the liquid ban was originally implemented for traveller safety, it seems that the majority of Brits won’t feel any less safe when the restriction is lifted later this year.”