A complaint against EasyJet about Air Passenger Duty in the Isle of Man press inspired me to elaborate on what you need to know.
An Easyjet passenger complained about being charged twice for Air Passenger Duty when flying from the Isle of Man to Liverpool and on to Faro in Portugal.
HOW AIR PASSENGER DUTY IS CALCULATED
Easyjet is a ‘point to point’ carrier and does not operate direct flights from the Isle of Man to Faro in Portugal. You have to change somewhere along the way. Airport Passenger Duty (APD) is levied on each leg of the flight and is in the Terms and Conditions on Easyjet’s website. This passenger disputed that.
ISLAND RESIDENTS ARE HIT TWICE
I was surprised that this story ran in the first place as it is common knowledge to most folk that live on a British Island. You are hit twice when you live on an Island in most of the British Isles. The only exception are the Highlands and Islands airports in Scotland where it is considered a lifeline with no viable alternatives.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON AIR PASSENGER DUTY
You can fly from certain UK airports which are exempt from Air Passenger Duty as they are considered an essential lifeline. This includes airports in the Scottish Highlands and Islands (Orkney, Shetland, Oban, Campeltown, Inverness and the Western Isles).
No APD is levied at the point of departure to / from Dublin if you book flights via an Irish website and fly from Dublin to any destination. This can save you and families a small fortune, especially if you are travelling long haul.
You can also fly to Amsterdam, Paris, Reykjavik or any other European airport and buy a separate ticket from there. You may wish to factor in a stopover for 24 hours so you do not miss your connection.
HOW YOU CAN RECLAIM AIR PASSENGER DUTY
You can claim the APD back for up to 6 years from the date of the flight if you miss your flight or it is cancelled for whatever reason. In reality, the fees levied to claim for short-haul flights are more than it’s worth (as you would expect).
Worth knowing, and I cover flight delays and how to easily get compensation in my book.
I have also covered rip-offs abroad including Dynamic Currency Conversions.
Have you reclaimed Air Passenger Duty for whatever reason? If so, how easy was it to do?