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Airport Improvement Fee Query - YVR Vs. YYZ  
User currently offlineAbhi From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4406 times:

I came back from Toronto on the 21st of December to Vancouver and I noticed the new Terminal 1 (how could you miss it?)

My point is that I keep hearing about how much money its costing. Don't know the exact figures but I know its a lot.

What I would like to know is why does YYZ not have an Airport Improvement Fee for all the work that they are doing and YVR has one for all the work that they are not doing ? I know they are going to build a new wing in YVR before the olympics come around in 2010 but it is still far from being complete.

Maybe I am missing something. Anyone care to shed some light on this ?

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User currently offlineScf158 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

YVR just finished renovating a couple years back. They built a new International terminal which is quite well known for its design.
I think YVR has the 'improvement' fee to help pay off and regain from the losses during the reno.

User currently offlineSpyderz From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4391 times:

Common misconception. YYZ does have an Airport Improvement Fee that is already inlcuded in the price of the ticket. Off hand I believe it is roughly 10 dollars per person per flight. In fact most airports in Canada have airport improvement fees but Vancouver is the only one recognized since it is paid at a later date. YVR actually receives less money through AIF's since its sort of a make-work project for the employees the collect and issue the AIF's. Ideally all improvement fees should be included in the price of the ticket. Finally, YVR is undergoing construction, while not considerable like YYZ, such as the renovation of domestic A-pier for Westjet, possible expansion of the international terminal, possible rapid transit line if that is still on the books, and completion of cargo facilities north of the north runway where the new UPS facility is.

User currently offlineCanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4352 times:

Like Spiderz said, YYZ includes the AIF in the price of your ticket, while YVR does not.

YVR's is $10 and YYZ's is $25 and rising.

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 4326 times:

Doesn't YUL also have an AIF that is payed by the passenger at the airport, rather than incorporating it in the price of the ticket?

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User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4312 times:

YYZ's is $25 and rising.

Holy crap!!!

That's $50 per RT.... I'm going to be sick..... If it was $0 then I could get an AA RT ticket to LGA for $120 not $170...... Boohoo

Is there any other way?!?!? YYZ Is like Asia during SARS...... Everyone was avoiding.. Or at least trying to avoid any contact with Asia..... We have few A/L's as it is with AC around. Grrrrr.......

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User currently offlineChrisA330 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4301 times:

The AIF is not $25...

It was just increased on Sept 1st, 2003 to:

$12.00 for all departing passengers
$8.00 for passengers connecting through YYZ

All fees are collected by the airline and included in your final ticket price.

User currently offlineCanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

Really? My bad then.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

Virtually every airport in Canada has an AIF nowadays.

$5.00 : YQL, YQQ, YXE, YXS, YQU, YVR (BC)
$7.00 : YCG
$8.00 : YYJ, YLW, YYZ (transit)
$12.00 : YYC, YTH YTS, YQX, ZBF, YYZ (originating)
$13.00 : YUL, YFC
$15.00 : YOW, YMX, YEG, YVR (intl)

User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

This is a bit off topic.

The next time you rent a car at YVR, check your bill carefully. The add-ons, taxes, and fees actually exceed the daily rental price of many on-airport cars. In other words, you're actually paying more in fees than you are for your car.  Sad

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