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Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Act 2017

Schedule 1 – Connected flight rules

72.Schedule 1 sets out the rules for determining which flights are to be treated as connected flights. This is relevant to the connected flights exemption (section 5) and to tax bands, which will be set by reference to a passenger’s final destination (see description of Part 3, above). The final destination of a passenger who is travelling on connected flights is the place where the last connected flight ends.

73.The connected flight rules prescribe the maximum time permitted between two flights in order for them to be considered to be connected flights. The permitted connection period is 24 hours if connecting to an international flight and either six, 10 or 17 hours for connecting to a domestic flight, depending on what time of day the preceding flight is scheduled to arrive. Flights are connected flights only if they are covered by the same agreement for carriage (see section 12(2)).

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