Passenger duty increases ‘will push the family budget’

Government proposals to increase Air Passenger Duty will have a detrimental effect on families who are already feeling the strain of the credit crunch, one expert has suggested.

Lorna Cowan, editor at Which? Holiday, said the move could take up a large slice of many UK holidaymakers’ vacation money.

She remarked: “It certainly will push the holiday budget if they are spending a significant amount, especially when you think about a family of five and perhaps they are going quite long haul.”

While the plans may not influence who can afford to fly, Ms Cowan explained, it could affect the way people choose to travel.

In many cases, it is probably best to shop around for better deals, she added.

According to the ABTA – The Travel Association, Air Passenger Duty for a four-person trip to Florida started to cost £180 in tax from August 4th onwards and it will go up to £240 when the aviation tax rate increases again.

By Francis Finch

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