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How Are Overflight Fees Calculated And Paid?  
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2112 posts, RR: 10
Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5907 times:

Hello

I was hoping someone could explain to me how airlines and aviation authorities around the world calculate, invoice, and pay overflight fees. Also, are the fees based on length of time spent in a specific country's airspace? Or is it a flat fee? Is the fee invoiced based on a planned route, actual? How and when is it invoiced and how and when is it charged? e.g. once a month, for every flight?

Thanks.

Cheers
Coal


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26013 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5893 times:

It varies from nation to nation but most common its distance based from entry point to exit point of applicable FIR.

Some nations is actual distance flown, while others its based on filed intended route. Also fees for some are fixed per distance measure unit, while others also have a weight factor involved.

Individual country specifics can be found in their AIP publications, while trade groups like IATA also publish data regularly.



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User currently offlineroseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9690 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5545 times:

Not sure if you have seen this, but here is the FAAs overflight feed website: http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/international_aviation/overflight_fees/


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

Now I cannot give you specifics on the answer to your question, but as an interesting piece of information the two airlines I have worked for have both restricted their MTOM of their aircraft to reduce overflight fees. Where and when this applies I could not say but I assume in Europe it is relevant in any EASA state (I am prepared to be comprehensibly corrected on this). The general point is that it is cheaper for the airline (operating predominantly in Europe) to reduce the MTOM of an aircraft to reduce the en-route ATC charges that they pay. The actual weight of the aircraft does not seem to be taken into consideration. I imagine to do so would be a ridiculously complicated task.

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