reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1264 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3394 times:
last week the german travel agents and tour operator organization (DRV) informed their members about a possible raise of airport taxes in Spain: Up to 50% in BCN and MAD, up to 20% in other airports.
Aparently the law will pass tomorrow and could become effective 25JUN and also be applied to existing bookings, meaning a possible need that passengers pay additional taxes at check in on the day of travel (remembers me what happened in the UK a few years ago). Just in time for the high season!!
However I can just find no information on the web. Google news seem to show articles in Spanish related to that, but I have difficulties to understand this.
If anyone has the latest development or could bring in additional information I would appreciate.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6525 posts, RR: 16 Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3234 times:
This is going to hurt the airlines flying into spain more than it's going to help the ailing economy. The spanish economy needs to learn how to privatize some stuff instead of taxing the airports. I can see US, AA, UA, etc, reducing service because of this.
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redhair From Spain, joined Apr 2011, 45 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2978 times:
Not sure if the law is going to pass today, but most probably not later than the 1st July. Taxes at BCN and MAD are going 100% up which is such a bad news... The obly good news is that a tribunal of Justice just said that tickets already issued won't have to pay the new taxes.
And thats just the first "adjustment"; on Jan 1st 2013 taxes will go up again.
dcaviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 186 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
Quoting reifel (Thread starter): Aparently the law will pass tomorrow and could become effective 25JUN and also be applied to existing bookings, meaning a possible need that passengers pay additional taxes at check in on the day of travel
They can't do that. Its against EU law. At the time of booking all taxes have to be listed.
If the new law passes, then they can use the date as "ticket bought on or after" to add those taxes.
r2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2441 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
Quoting reifel (Reply 3): That said I always had the impression that Spain at this time is one of the countries with the lowest air taxes, at least in Western Europe...
If by air taxes you mean airport fees then yes. Spain is simply bringing MAD and BCN more in line with other major hubs. After all, they have undergone huge expansion in the past years and that needs to be payed for. Spain does however apparently have high air navigation fees, though those stand to decrease as governments are acting against overpayed controllers.
Quoting redhair (Reply 5): The obly good news is that a tribunal of Justice just said that tickets already issued won't have to pay the new taxes.
That is also my understanding. Fees will be applied to new bookings, but not retroactively to already made ones.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1264 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2113 times:
Quoting r2rho (Reply 7): That is also my understanding. Fees will be applied to new bookings, but not retroactively to already made ones.
That's my understanding as well. However a few years ago if I remember correcly, in UK this was absolutely doable and they are EU member, too. Furthermore from a historical logic point of view, taxes had to be paid cash at the airport when the guest was travelling. Some countries (i.e. Indonesia, Colombia) still do that. Since the tax is due on day of departure, I suppose the day of departure tax amounts apply in those countries, so , just a thought, why should this be different when airlines include the tax in the ticket price because they need to do it?But it would be great if when the law passes this will be clearly stated how this topic will be handled.