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LGW - MAN Why Are Taxes Different Bet Airlines  
User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

Why do different airlines charge different airport taxes etc, when their supposed to be beyond the airlines control ???

Example...


www.jet2.com

Apr 3rd, LGW - MAN 1 Way.

Fare Quoted £29
Taxes £14
Total Fare £43



www.ba.com

Apr 3rd, LGW - MAN 1 Way
Fare Quoted £37.00
Taxes £36.10
Total Fare £73.10

Surely Taxes are taxes and Airport fees are airport fees and beyond the airlines control...

so why is BA's tax £36 and Jet2's is only £14 ??

Same day, same ticket type, two different airlines.

Flight was 06.20 / 06.25 am.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

BA's so-called "taxes" includes their EUR9.00 per segment fuel surcharge, which they are trying to disguise by calling it a tax. It isn't a tax, however. That would explain the difference I think.

User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

BA includes their fuel surcharge in the tax section I believe....


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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3362 times:

VAT is 17.5% of the amount, surley this comes into amount hence the higher fares have higher taxes.

I find taxes on air travel getting annoying now, especially since they plan on introducing new taxes.

Phil
FlyingColours



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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

When a fare is quoted on ba.com it does clearly state "taxes, fees, charges and surcharges" and "The price of your ticket includes a security, insurance and fuel surcharge per flight levied by the carrier".

Anyway, the BA quote in the original post shows taxes for a return flight. Oneway for LGW-MAN on BA is approx £16.20 tax.


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

I just took a look at Jet2's website. I got this:

Outbound flight per adult/child
Fare £ 9.00
Taxes & Airport charges £ 14.00
Total £ 23.00

Return flight per adult/child
Fare £ 9.00
Taxes & Airport charges £ 14.00
Total £ 23.00

Total per adult/child £ 46.00
Total for 1 passenger £ 46.00

It is £14 each way. On BA's site I got this:

Price breakdown Fare per person plus taxes, fees, charges and surcharges* per person Total
1 Adult £ 28.00 £ 36.40 £ 64.40
The price of your ticket includes a security, insurance and fuel surcharge per flight levied by the carrier. For details please click here.
Total price £ 64.40

Basically the taxes nearly the same, and the different is probably what JGPH1A mentioned, the fuel surcharge.

But, I have seen fares with U2 from LGW-AMS, where the tax is £10, whilst with BA on the same route, dates, and times, have tax which is 4 times this amount!

[Edited 2005-03-04 00:35:29]

User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

This is something that does me about airlines who quote prices excluding taxes. Don't get me wrong, you can get some fantastic offers with low-cost airlines, and even major carriers, such as BA, but the hidden costs vary greatly.

Not many airlines give a clear breakdown of what these extra costs are, only to say "taxes and charges" etc. These can vary wildly from one airline to another and from airport to airport.

One exception I have noticed however is EUJet. Go to www.eujet.com and they give you a breakdown of what the extras actually are.

Tim.



Obviously missing something....
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

I do think it's scandalous that BA can hide their fuel surcharge as a tax, rather than simply adding EUR9.00 to the leg fare each way. Far more honest.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (reply 7):
I do think it's scandalous that BA can hide their fuel surcharge as a tax, rather than simply adding EUR9.00 to the leg fare each way. Far more honest.


Unfortunately, practically no airline out there practices the really honest option: raising the base fare.

Most European airlines add a YQ-tax to the tax-box of the ticket, thereby increasing the taxes that are to be paid on the base fare...

Most US airlines use Q-Surcharges, which allow them to give a low base fare, which is, at the time of pricing/ticketing, then suddenly increased by those Q-Surcharges, while the taxes remain low.

Neither option shows up when you just look at fares - both are inherently dishonest - and one of these two options is in use by practically every single airline on this planet.



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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

interesrting about the fuel surcharge. does this apply only to BA operated flights? Just asking because ive check the ED!-SYY flights, and the price is still the same as it was 2 years ago (around the £90 mark)

User currently offlineThowman From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting FlyingColours (reply 3):
VAT is 17.5% of the amount, surley this comes into amount hence the higher fares have higher taxes.


There is no VAT charged on airline tickets.


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