1 Apr 2012

Cost of coming to NZ from UK shooting up

5:56 am on 1 April 2012

Tourists coming to New Zealand will be hit in the pocket when airport departure tax rises take effect in Britain this weekend, hitting passengers with a ticket increase of about 8%.

The tax is levied on distance being travelled so someone flying from the United Kingdom to New Zealand would pay another $360.

Airlines in Britain are urging the Chancellor, George Osborne, to re-examine plans for further hikes in the air passenger duty, which the British Air Transport Association says is a tax on tourism, the Press Association reports.

The Treasury is intending to increase air passenger duty revenue up to 2016.

EasyJet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have joined in condemning the latest rise.