A complaint against EasyJet about Air Passenger Duty in the Isle of Man press inspired me to elaborate on what you need to know.
First of all, 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, so the 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.
This is common knowledge to most folk that live on a British Island, so I was surprised that this story was ran in the first place. You are hit twice when you live on an Island in most of the British Isles, with the exception being the Highlands and Islands airports in Scotland where it is considered a lifeline with no viable alternatives.
However, if you book flights via an Irish website and fly from Dublin to any destination, no APD is levied at the point of departure to / from Dublin. This can save you and families a small fortune, especially if you are travelling long haul.
If you miss your flight or it is cancelled for whatever reason, you can claim the APD back for up to 6 years from the date of the flight as it is a Government tax. 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 covered rip-offs abroad in this blog including Dynamic Currency Conversions.
Have you reclaimed your Air Passenger Duty for whatever reason? If so, how easy was it to do?