Allee
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Canada's Airline Taxes

Thu Sep 04, 2003 7:25 am

I just booked a flight on WestJet Prince George to Vancouver, and I basically saw how ridiculous the taxes are.

The base fare is $72.50 one way.

The additional charges are:
NAV/INS/FUEL: $29
Prince George AIF: $5
Security Tax: $5
GST/HST: $7.91

Total fare: $120.95!

That's 60% more in extra fees and taxes. It's just ridiculous!
 
captaingomes
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RE: Canada's Airline Taxes

Thu Sep 04, 2003 7:59 am

This topic has been discussed many times. However, I'm glad you posted it, because we can't get enough of it.

A few points of interest ...
-Taxes on air travel don't seem to be on a percentage basis, like other goods that are taxed at 7% GST. I don't know how the GST is determined on air travel, but I've always seen fixed amounts being put on tickets of different values.
-Nav/Ins/Fuel are costs that I still believe should be absorbed by the airline as a cost of doing business. The reason they keep them separate from the ticket price is so that they can advertise the lowest price possible. It is fine for them to outline the costs on tickets, but I am very against an airline advertising a $72 fare when there are still costs to be absorbed.
-Some commission earlier in the year recommended to the Federal government to seriously reduce the taxes air travelers pay in Canada, in order to help the airlines in the current state of the industry and offer them a level playing field. This would in effect give airlines some needed aide, but not in the unfair manner of giving just one or two airlines a big chunk of money. All the Federal government did was reduce the security fee, which was the highest in the world.

Regardless of all that, have a great flight!
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RE: Canada's Airline Taxes

Thu Sep 04, 2003 8:52 am

I was really bored one night, so I thought I'd compare airlines and the prices they are charging on certain routes.. On each of these airlines websites, they advertise the base fare and then a grand total with taxes included.

The following fares are the lowest/highest offered fares by airlines. First fares are the round-trip price on a ticket followed by the total after taxes. All flights are direct. All flights are booked on the airlines website. All flights booked on Oct 1 (Wed) departure and Oct 4 (Sat) return. Air Canada fares based on flights with restrictions.

YVR - YYZ (lowest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $348 - after taxes - $482.66
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1898.00 - after taxes - $2141.15
Westjet: $349.00 - after taxes - $483.72
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!!
Skyservce (Conquest): $339.00 - after taxes - $473.72
HMY: unable to book online!!
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!!
Canjet: no flights
Best Travelocity.ca fare: Westjet $371.00 USD

YVR - YYZ (highest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $612.00 - after taxes - $765.14
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1898.00 - after taxes - $2141.15
Westjet: $349.00 - after taxes - $483.72
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!!
Skyservce (Conquest): $339.00 - after taxes - $473.72
HMY: unable to book online!!
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!!
Canjet: no flights

YEG - YYZ (lowest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $394.00 - after taxes - $597.43
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1898.00 - after taxes - $2141.15
Westjet: $289.00 - after taxes - $435.57
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!!
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights returning on Oct 4
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights
Best Travelocity.ca fare: Westjet - $312.10 USD

YEG - YYZ (highest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $504.00 - after taxes - $665.63
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1898.00 - after taxes - $2141.15
Westjet: $289.00 - after taxes - $435.57
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!!
Skyservce (Conquest): No flights returning on Oct 4
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights

YYC - YUL (lowest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $406.00 - after taxes - $564.11
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1898.00 - after taxes - $2141.15
Westjet: $313.00 - after taxes - $464.59
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!! no direct service
Skyservce (Conquest): No flights returning on Oct 4
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights
Best Travelocity.ca fare: Westjet - $360.00 USD

YYC - YUL (highest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $629.00 - after taxes - $802.72
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1898.00 - after taxes - $2141.15
Westjet: $313.00 - after taxes - $464.59
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!! no direct service
Skyservce (Conquest): No flights returning on Oct 4
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights

YOW - YHZ (lowest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $128.00 - after taxes - $240.57
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1380.00 - after taxes - $1580.21
Westjet: $161.00 - after taxes - 275.87
Jetsgo: no flights
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: $128.00 - after taxes - $264.10
Best Travelocity.ca fare: Westjet - $215.00 USD

YOW - YHZ (highest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $385.00 - after taxes - $515.56
Air Canada (freedom fare): $1380.00 - after taxes - $1580.21
Westjet: $208.00 - after taxes - $226.16
Jetsgo: no flights
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: $128.00 - after taxes - $264.10

YOW - YYZ (lowest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $178.00 - after taxes - $271.87
Air Canada (freedom fare): $712.00 -after taxes - $843.25
Westjet: no flights
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!!
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights or sold out
Best Travelocity.ca fare: Air Canada - $481.00 USD

YOW - YYZ (highest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $298.00 - after taxes - $400.27
Air Canada (freedom fare): $712.00 -after taxes - $843.25
Westjet: no flights
Jetsgo: website does not isn't allowing me to check!!
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights or sold out

YLW - YVR (lowest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $104.00 - after taxes - $174.50
Air Canada (freedom fare): $398.00 - after taxes - $489.08
Westjet: $105.00 - after taxes - $175.56
Jetsgo: no flights
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights
Best Travelocity.ca fare: Westjet - $138.00 USD

YLW - YVR (highest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $148.00 - after taxes - $221.58
Air Canada (freedom fare): $398.00 - after taxes - $489.08
Westjet: $105.00 - after taxes - $175.56
Jetsgo: no flights
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights

YWG - YQR (lowest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $144.00 - after taxes - $251.54
Air Canada (freedom fare): $586.00 - after taxes - $724.48
Westjet: $145.00 - after taxes - $252.60
Jetsgo: no flights
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights
Best Travelocity.ca fare: Westjet - $138.00 USD

YWG - YQR (highest fares)
Air Canada (fun fare): $182.00 - after taxes - $292.20
Air Canada (freedom fare): $586.00 - after taxes - $724.48
Westjet: $145.00 - after taxes - $252.60
Jetsgo: no flights
Skyservce (Conquest): no flights
HMY: unable to book online!! no flights
Air Transat: unable to book this far in advance!! no flights
Canjet: no flights
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