I've done a search and couldn't find anything similar, if this has already been discussed, well I'm sorry.
Some consumer associations here in Switzerland are claiming that if there is a no show, the pax should be refunded the amount paid in airport taxes for free.
Well, in my opinion this is wrong. Let's take as example a ZRH-TXL-ZRH where airport taxes are about 80 Euros. Passenger taxes are only about 25-30 Euros while the other 55-50 Euros are landing fees, bus fees, baggage handling, aircraft parking, fuel fees, ATC fees...
LX does refund you the taxes paid if you don't show up for your flight, but they charge you 20 Swiss Francs (13 Euros).
In my opinion taxes should not be refunded, because most of its amount covers fix costs an airline has to pay even if pax don't show up.
What's your opinion? Is there a general rule which apply in such cases? Do you know about other airlines refunding you taxes with a no show?
Edit: of course we are talking about restricted fares, where you do not get any refund FOR THE FLIGHT NET PRICE.
[Edited 2006-06-15 10:25:19]