Thomas Cook to launch sale without Air Passenger Duty

by Alister POOLE on August 14, 2012

Thomas Cook will waive Air Passenger Duty on thousands of the long-haul holidays it offers as it tries to highlight just how much travellers are currently being taxed.

The travel agent will launch its three-week promo, which will reportedly save a typical family of four around £324, this month. All long-haul packages that were booked from August 24 to September 13 can be purchased without APD for any travel from November 1 this year and October 31 2013.

Following a recent rise in APD of eight per cent, a family of four holidaying in Europe must pay exactly £52 in tax, with those flying further hit even harder in the pockets. The offer from Thomas Cook will save £268 for any family of four wishing to travel to Florida, as an example, or £324 for a family of four that chooses to holiday in the Caribbean or Mexico.

A spokesman representing Thomas Cook urged the Coalition Government to assess further increases to APD that have been planned for 2013 while expressing the tour operator’s disappointment at increases that have already been brought in. It was stated that the offer intends to highlight extortionate amounts that holidaymakers are forced to pay while making getaways of a long haul nature much more accessible for UK tourists.

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