This summer, my wife, three kids (all under 12) and I all flew with EasyJet from Gatwick to Paris CDG, and then from Nice back to Gatwick a week later. Whilst looking at my receipt, I noticed the following line item which confused me:

Product              Qty  Unit        Price
Aviation Taxes (APD) 7    per booking 93.25 GBP

How have we paid 7 lots of APD? If (as I understand) children under 16 are exempt then I would have expected to either pay two lots or four lots (not sure if it's payable in both directions).

  • Guess, based purely on the numbers: Adults pay full fare, kids half. That would make 3.5 units per direction, a total of 7 for a round trip. – Joonas Ilmavirta Dec 20 '17 at 13:30
  • @JoonasIlmavirta No, kids are definitely exempt from my research. I think I have an answer and am typing it up now. – Darren Dec 20 '17 at 13:31
  • That makes sense. +1. In my defense, kids paying half price is not far from them only paying for one of the directions. :) – Joonas Ilmavirta Dec 20 '17 at 13:37
  • @JoonasIlmavirta Defence accepted :) – Darren Dec 20 '17 at 13:37

It appears that the French system has its own version of APD, and in France it's only those under two years old that are exempt (source).

So I've paid two lots on the outgoing flight (me and my wife), and five lots on the return flight. What I'm not currently clear about is if I only paid the French portion because it was a different flight, or would it have still been payable if we'd returned from CDG (I think not based on a more recent flight to Spain where it was just me and I only paid one lot).

  • 1
    Excellent sleuthing. Please ensure you return in a day or two to accept your own answer. – CGCampbell Dec 20 '17 at 16:04

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