Here’s something I wish were an April Fool’s joke. The UK’s latest increase in the APD (Air Passenger Duty) has kicked in today. It’s an across the board 8% increase, meaning journeys of under 2,000 miles go from £12 to £13, journeys between 2,000 and 4,000 miles go from £60 to £65, and journeys of over 6,000 miles go from £85 to £92. Those are the economy prices, while premium cabins cost double as much.
That means you’re paying £184 (~$295) for a premium cabin journey of over 6,000 miles originating in the UK. This is an especially inconvenient time to increase the APD given oil prices and the impact they’re having on airlines.
Keep in mind that the way the APD is charged is pretty tricky, so see this post for more details on how to avoid or minimize it.
How they get away with this without offering free flowing Krug and caviar in the gate area is beyond me. If I didn’t love the UK so much I’d boycott them. Now someone get me some clotted cream and scones…