British expats living in countries such as Australia and India are going to need to find increasingly difficult and long routes to save money when travelling to see friends and family in the UK, it has been claimed.
The Airport Operators Association (AOA) has warned that people travelling to these regions on long-haul flights will be hit hardest by the Air Passenger Duty, which is designed to tackle the UK’s emissions and charges airlines in four distance bands, set at intervals of 2,000 miles from London.
David Bishop, head of policy at the AOA, said: "Given the nature of the population, the number who have moved abroad in the last ten to 15 years is going to disproportionately impact on people who rely on long haul aviation to visit friends and family."
Many expats could look to get round the charges by taking short-haul flights out of the UK to other parts of Europe and changing to long-haul trips there, it has been suggested.
Earlier this month, a poll by the British Airline Pilots’ Association found that 90 per cent of people aged 16 to 64 would fly via Amsterdam to long haul destinations, thereby avoiding the extra charge.