The Air Passenger Duty (APD), the U.K.’s departure tax, will be abolished on economy flights for passengers 12 and under, starting May 1, 2015, announced British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
The policy will be extended to passengers 16 and under on May 1, 2016.
Eliminating the tax for kids will save families 71 British pounds (about $110) per child, pleasing Caribbean tourism leaders.
“This alleviates costs for family vacations and essentially cuts the taxes in half for a family of two adults and two children,” said Jeffrey Vasser, director general and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association. “The timing of the abolition of the tax will further benefit families as [the price of] vacations are reduced for summertime travel.”