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For Immediate Release
3rd August 2015
British Airways, Heathrow, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle International airports have teamed up to give families a great holiday break – and make it easier for them to attend Rugby World Cup games
In partnership with Leeds Bradford Airport, Newcastle International and British Airways, Heathrow airport has announced that from today all children under the age of 12 will travel FOR FREE between Heathrow and Leeds Bradford and between Heathrow and Newcastle International on British Airways flights.
In last November’s Autumn Statement, the Government announced it would cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) for under 12s thanks to a campaign led by Andrew Bridgen MP and A Fair Tax on Flying. The cut came into effect from May this year and from May 2016 will be extended to under 16s. Thanks to this cut in child APD, Heathrow, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and British Airways have now cut all other charges on those routes for kids until 1 November 2015, covering the duration of the Rugby World Cup, making it easier for families to get to St. James’ Park, Elland Road and Twickenham.
This initiative demonstrates how a cut in APD can boost economic activity, and why the government should do more to reduce APD, removing a major barrier to travel and tourism, and letting hardworking families enjoy a much deserved break.
The Kids Fly Free scheme is not exclusive to rugby fans, so the UK’s great North is set to become a hot destination for families this summer as families can fly from London Heathrow to both Leeds Bradford and Newcastle International airports without having to pay for their children’s tickets, giving tourism a real boost in the region.
Dale Keller, Chairperson for ‘A Fair Tax on Flying’ said:
“This initiative is a great example of the benefit a cut in Air Passenger Duty for children has brought to families across the country. The UK still has the highest air travel tax in the world and it is a barrier to boosting our tourism industry and a burden on hardworking families taking a well-deserved holiday.
“The Government should follow BA and Heathrow’s lead and put consumers first by further cutting this damaging tax.”
Andrew Bridgen, MP for Northwest Leicestershire who led the campaign to scrap the tax on family flights, said:
“The campaign to scrap Air Passenger Duty on children’s flights was a huge success and this announcement is great news – it shows the benefit scrapping this tax is having for hardworking families.
“APD is a significant barrier to travel and tourism in the UK and the evidence is clear: cutting APD stimulates economic activity and brings benefits to the entire country. The Chancellor needs to listen to the evidence and do more to further reducing this damaging tax.”
Book online at ba.com/kidsgofree.
Notes to editors:
- Adult fares on British Airways flights start from £90 return between Leeds Bradford and London Heathrow and Newcastle Airport and Heathrow respectively.
- Kids fly free applies to children who are under 12 at the start of the journey.
- The offer runs from July 27, 2015 to November 1, 2015.
- All seats are subject to availability.
- The offer is valid on one-way and return tickets to and from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle International airports.
- The BA Holidays package is valid on overnight accommodation and breakfast for up to two children under the age of 16 staying in their parents’ or grandparents’ room and having breakfast as a family. This offer only applies to bookings made between July 27, 2015 and October 1, 2015 for stays between July 27, 2015 and November 1, 2015.
- Terms and conditions apply, see ba.com for details.
About Aid Passenger Duty (APD)
- Air Passenger Duty (APD) is the UK Government tax that is charged on passengers departing from a UK airport.
- The UK has the highest air travel tax anywhere in the world – which means APD puts the UK at a relative disadvantage.
- The vast majority of European countries do not levy an air departure tax.
- Just six EU countries levy a similar tax, but with substantially lower rates.
About A Fair Tax on Flying and APD:
- A Fair Tax on Flying is an alliance of airports, airlines, travel companies, businesses and destinations campaigning for the reduction of Air Passenger Duty.
- A Fair Tax on Flying campaign members: Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, ABTA – the Travel Association, Airport Operators Association, American Airlines, Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Board of Airline Representatives in the UK, British Airline Pilots’ Association, British Air Transport Association, Bristol Airport, British Airways, Business West, Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, Caribbean Council, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, Essex Chamber of Commerce, European Tour Operators Association, Fife Chamber of Commerce, Gatwick Airport, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Guild of Travel Management Companies, Heathrow Airport, Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce, Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Manchester Airports Group, Newcastle Airport, PATA, Royal Brunei Airlines, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Cook, Tourism Alliance, TUI Travel PLC, UKinbound, Unite the Union, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Visit USA.