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[F130 The rate of duty.U.K.

(1)Air passenger duty is chargeable on the carriage of each chargeable passenger at the rate determined as follows.

[F2(1A)Subsection (1) does not apply to the carriage of a chargeable passenger to which section 30A below (Northern Ireland long haul rates of duty) applies.]

(2)If the passenger's journey ends at a place in the United Kingdom or a territory specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5A—

(a)if the passenger's agreement for carriage provides for standard class travel in relation to every flight on the passenger's journey, the rate is [F3£13], and

(b)in any other case, the rate is [F4£26].

F5(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4A)If the passenger's journey ends at any other place—

(a)if the passenger's agreement for carriage provides for standard class travel in relation to every flight on the passenger's journey, the rate is [F6£80], and

(b)in any other case, the rate is [F7£176].]

F8(4B). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8(4C). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8(4D). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F9(4E)In relation to the carriage of a chargeable passenger on an aircraft to which subsection (4F) applies—

(a)if the rate which (apart from this subsection) would apply is the rate in subsection (2)(a) or (b), a rate equal to [F10six times the rate in subsection (2)(a)] is to apply instead, [F11and]

F12(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F13(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)if the rate which (apart from this subsection) would apply is the rate in subsection (4A)(a) or (b), a rate equal to [F14[F156.6] times the rate in subsection (4A)(a)] is to apply instead.

(4F)This subsection applies to an aircraft if—

(a)its authorised take-off weight is not less than 20 tonnes, but

(b)it is not authorised to seat more than 18 persons (excluding members of the flight crew and cabin attendants).

(4G)In subsection (4F)(a) “take-off weight” is to be read in accordance with section 29(2) but as if “20” were substituted for “ 5.7 ” wherever occurring.

(4H)For the purposes of subsection (4F)(b) an aircraft is authorised to seat more than 18 persons (excluding members of the flight crew and cabin attendants) if—

(a)there is a certificate of airworthiness (as defined in section 29(4)) in force in respect of the aircraft showing that the maximum number of persons who may be seated on the aircraft (excluding members of the flight crew and cabin attendants) is more than 18, or

(b)the Commissioners are satisfied that the aircraft is designed or adapted to seat more than 18 persons (excluding members of the flight crew and cabin attendants) or the aircraft belongs to a class or description of aircraft in respect of which the Commissioners are so satisfied.]

(5)Subject to subsection (6) below, the journey of a passenger whose agreement for carriage is evidenced by a ticket ends for the purposes of this section at his final place of destination.

(6)Where in the case of such a passenger—

(a)his journey includes two or more flights, and

(b)any of those flights is not followed by a connected flight,

his journey ends for those purposes where the first flight not followed by a connected flight ends.

(7)The journey of any passenger whose agreement for carriage is not evidenced by a ticket ends for those purposes where his flight ends.

(8)For the purposes of this Chapter, successive flights are connected if (and only if) they are treated under an order as connected.

[F16(8A)The Treasury may by order amend Schedule 5A.]

F17(9). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F17(9A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F17(9B). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F18(10)In this section “standard class travel”, in relation to carriage on an aircraft, means—

(a)in the case of an aircraft on which only one class of travel is available, that class of travel;

(b)in any other case, the lowest class of travel available on the aircraft.]

[F19(11)But a class of travel is not standard class travel if the seats for passengers whose agreement for carriage provides for that class of travel have a pitch exceeding 1.016 metres (40 inches).

(12)For this purpose “pitch”, in relation to a seat, means the distance between a fixed point on the seat and the same point on the seat immediately in front of it; but where there is no seat immediately in front of the seat, the seat is to be treated as having the same pitch as the seat immediately behind it.]

Textual Amendments

F1S. 30(1)-(4A) substituted for s. 30(1)-(4) (with effect in accordance with s. 17(3) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2009 (c. 10), s. 17(1)

F2S. 30(1A) inserted (with effect in accordance with Sch. 23 para. 8(4) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2012 (c. 14), Sch. 23 para. 8(2)

F3Word in s. 30(2)(a) substituted (with effect in accordance with Sch. 23 para. 6 of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2012 (c. 14), Sch. 23 para. 4(2)(a)

F4Word in s. 30(2)(b) substituted (with effect in accordance with Sch. 23 para. 6 of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2012 (c. 14), Sch. 23 para. 4(2)(b)

F5S. 30(3)(4) omitted (with effect in accordance with s. 79(12) of the amending Act) by virtue of Finance Act 2014 (c. 26), s. 79(3)

F6Word in s. 30(4A)(a) substituted (with effect in accordance with s. 61(2) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2019 (c. 1), s. 61(1)(a)

F7Word in s. 30(4A)(b) substituted (with effect in accordance with s. 61(2) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2019 (c. 1), s. 61(1)(b)

F8S. 30(4B)-(4D) omitted (with effect in accordance with Sch. 23 para. 8(4) of the amending Act) by virtue of Finance Act 2012 (c. 14), Sch. 23 para. 8(3)

F9S. 30(4E)-(4H) inserted (with effect in accordance with Sch. 23 para. 23 of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2012 (c. 14), Sch. 23 para. 20

F10Words in s. 30(4E)(a) substituted (with effect in accordance with s. 79(12) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2014 (c. 26), s. 79(5)(a)

F11Word in s. 30(4E) inserted (with effect in accordance with s. 79(12) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2014 (c. 26), s. 79(5)(b)

F12S. 30(4E)(b) omitted (with effect in accordance with s. 79(12) of the amending Act) by virtue of Finance Act 2014 (c. 26), s. 79(5)(c)

F13S. 30(4E)(c) omitted (with effect in accordance with s. 79(12) of the amending Act) by virtue of Finance Act 2014 (c. 26), s. 79(5)(d)

F14Words in s. 30(4E)(d) substituted (with effect in accordance with s. 79(12) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2014 (c. 26), s. 79(5)(e)

F15Word in s. 30(4E)(d) substituted (with effect in accordance with s. 43(5) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2018 (c. 3), s. 43(3)

F16S. 30(8A) inserted (with effect in accordance with Sch. 5 para. 8(2) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2009 (c. 10), Sch. 5 para. 2(2)

F17S. 30(9)-(9B) omitted (with effect in accordance with Sch. 5 para. 7 of the amending Act) by virtue of Finance Act 2009 (c. 10), Sch. 5 para. 2(3)

F18S. 30(10) added (with application as mentioned in s. 18(8) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 18(6)

F19S. 30(11)(12) inserted (with effect in accordance with s. 153(2) of the amending Act) by Finance Act 2008 (c. 9), s. 153(1)

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