NZ516 wrote:bananaboy wrote:NZ516 wrote:Air New Zealand was at a huge disadvantage in operating their LHR to AKL flights. Due to the higher UK departure tax charged on every ticket sold through to NZ. At £175 it's the highest amount charged which this cost has to be added in to the ticket price. All other airlines EK, QR, CZ, MH etc offering connection flights between the UK and NZ don't pay the higher rate. Therefore they were always able to undercut Air NZ and had an unfair advantage. Which always made AIR NZ the most expensive option on a return AKL LHR flight when choosing between a large number of available airlines.
That's not correct. APD is charged on the destination of the passenger and not the aircraft if the connection is less than 24 hours. Flying LHR-DXB-AKL will attract the same rate of APD as someone flying LHR-LAX-AKL if they are connecting straight through.
Hi Mark, I stand corrected then I had misread that it only applies to direct flights and not connections with two different flight numbers. You could get round it by buying two separate tickets one LHR-DXB and then one DXB-AKL.etc and avoid paying the highest charge.
The O&D fare for LHR-DXB is probably not much less than LHR-AKL. Purchasing two separate tickets will almost certainly cost you more, not withstanding that less will go the British government.