Stansted Airport says sccapping tax for under 12s is ‘excellent’

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport - Credit: Archant

Parents of children under 12 will no longer have to pay Air Passenger Duty (APD) when they fly through Stansted Airport.

The Essex airport, which is the fastest-growing in the UK, is abolishing the tax which for some families will mean a saving of hundreds of pounds.

Parents with two young children could save as much as £142 on long-haul trips to destinations such as the USA. The savings on short-haul trips will be £13 for each child under 12. APD is due to be scrapped for under 16s from March next year.

A Stansted Airport spokesperson said:“The end of APD for under 12s is excellent news and a step in the right direction in abolishing this punitive tax once and for all. This is especially good news for those travelling with young children and will certainly have a positive impact for those looking to head away on well-earned holidays this summer with savings going back into the pockets of those families travelling through Stansted.

“With new long-haul routes due to begin this summer with Thomas Cook Airlines to the USA and Mexico, and more services launching with Thomson and First Choice next summer, the timing of this change could not be better and will make flying from Stansted with young children even more attractive.”