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UK Air Passenger Duty changes for children

The UK Chancellor, George Osborne announced on December 3 2014 that UK Air Passenger Duty (APD):

  • Has been abolished for children aged 2 or over, but under 12, for flights departing from UK airports from 1st May 2015.
  • Has been abolished for children aged 2 or over, but under 16, for flights departing from UK airports from 1st March  2016.

This is great news for families who will save at least £13 per child*. We fully support any measure which helps make travel more affordable.

If the child on your booking is aged 2 or over, but under the age of 12 on the date of your departure from a UK airport (or under the age of 16 for flights from 1st March 2016) then you may be entitled to a refund of the child’s APD. We’re keen to make refunding your money as easy as we can so please follow the instructions below.

To be eligible for a refund of your child’s APD the following must apply:

  • The APD was paid at the time of your booking and has not yet been refunded
  • The child (children) on the booking must be aged 2 or over, but under 12 for flights departing from a UK airport prior to 1st March 2016, or
  • Your child must be aged 2 or over, but under 16 for flights departing from a UK airport from 1st March 2016.

Direct bookings with easyJet or easyJet Holidays?

Already have a booking?

To claim a refund you will need to confirm the dates of birth of each child travelling. You can do this in two ways:

  • If you’re travelling on an international flight departing from the UK please go to My easyJet and enter your travel document details (APIS/ID information) or go to easyJet.com and select ‘manage bookings’. You’ll need the passport or identity card details of each child travelling.
  • If you’re travelling on a domestic flight within the UK** or are unable to complete your APIS/ID information details you will need to fill in the APD age confirmation form in order to get a refund. You’ll need your easyJet booking reference, surname of the first passenger on the booking (lead passenger) and the names and date/s of birth of the child/children travelling.

Once you’ve entered your APIS information or completed the APD age confirmation form we’ll do the rest and you’ll receive a refund directly onto the card you used to make the booking. This will happen within 7 days of entering your details. We’ll send you a confirmation email once your refund has been processed so there is no need to call us in the meantime.

For new bookings

We’re working hard to update our booking system to reflect the changes in APD but this will take us some time. In the meantime if you book a flight directly with us for travel on or after May 1 2015 you’ll pay the APD for children. We’ll then contact you by email within 48 hours to start the refund process, but please be assured we’ll get your money back to you as quickly as we can.

Booked with a Tour operator, travel agent, online booking company or travel management company

If you have booked your flight through a travel agent, tour operator, online booking company or travel management company, you can still initiate the easyJet refund process by entering the details of the child / children travelling, as described in the ‘Already have a booking?’ section above. If your credit or debit card was used to pay for the booking, you will receive a refund directly to this card. This will happen within 28 days of entering your details. Some travel companies or tour operators use their own card payment method with us, in which case this is the card that will be refunded – easyJet can only refund the original card used to pay for the booking. In these circumstances, please contact them regarding your claim and to advise them if you have already submitted the information to us relating to the child / children on the booking. They will be able to tell you how long it will take to receive your refund.

*For flights departing UK airports except Inverness which are already exempt from APD.

**Including flights to Jersey or to/from the Isle of Man.

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