UK air fares under ‘correct’ price, but we’re being taxed to the tune of £2bn!

As we near the end of our traditional holiday season, many of us are assessing the true cost of taking a holiday and bemoaning how much we’ve had to pay out!  But according to researchers, UK’s air fares are under their estimated ‘correct’ travel price for worldwide flights!  Researchers came up with an equation to establish the ‘correct’ price for a one-way, economy-class ticket; their conclusion results in a price of £32, plus 7p for every mile of flight.  Thanks to low cost, no frills airlines and passengers shopping around for the best price, most British travellers pay much less than the global average (makes a change, doesn’t it!).

The study, conducted by Rome2rio, an Australian travel planning website, examined millions of economy fares across thousands of airline routes, and a 20th percentile fare (80:20 rule) was adopted in calculating the rates per mile.  Just about all airlines use ‘yield management’ pricing to maximise their earnings per departure, and vary fares depending how the flight’s sales are going.  And it isn’t just the short haul flights that are cheaper; comparisons found that many long haul flights from London also delivered better prices.

However, before you start heading to the travel websites to book your next holiday, more new research released this week suggests that British holidaymakers are being heavily taxed on a yearly basis; around £2 billion a year, which equates to around £56 per person for each overseas holiday, and is a significant increase on 2008 when it was just £500 million!  This research was carried out by the Taxpayers’ Alliance who discovered that when you combine all the taxes applied to holidaymakers – VAT on pre-holiday shopping, holiday insurance tax and the dreaded Air Passenger Duty (APD), the burden has exponentially increased, adding yet more pressure on families that are already struggling and in debt!  We British already pay far more APD than any other holidaymaker worldwide, and April’s increase the fifth in recent years…

As they saying goes, they giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other!!  No wonder UK air fares are below the ‘correct’ price; if they weren’t, I doubt many holidaymakers would even glance at the travel websites, let alone book a holiday!

At Heathrow Gatwick Transfers, we are constantly upping our game and improving what we serve our customers, whatever your holiday destination, and at the best prices we can offer constantly!  Operating at full capacity to deliver the best service we can for our customers is of the highest importance to us.  Quality, highly competitive yet affordable, and meeting your expectations is our mission... and if we’re not achieving that, we’re not frightened to make the necessary changes so that our customers are more than satisfied!  Our fleet of well-maintained, spacious, chauffeur-driven cars are able to carry from one to eight passengers, plus luggage and check-in luggage!  We also offer a FREE Meet & Greet service so you can rest assured that your chauffeur will be there waiting to help you from the moment you arrive, to the moment you depart.  And if you’re running late?  No problem, our FREE waiting time service ensures that we will check your arrival and departures times so that we are there to meet you.

And we don’t charge any extras or charge you to book online with a card – all our prices are All Inclusive so, the price you see is the price you pay.  So, when you book your tennis holiday, summer or autumn holiday, business trip, short break, luxury cruise or for any other trip, don’t forget to book your airport/seaport transfer online today at Heathrow Gatwick Transfers and make sure your travel plans are all wrapped up