Boeing727flyer
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Air Ticket Taxes

Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:15 am

I just bought myself a ticket to fly JFK-LHR-JFK on Virgin for $368 which I was well happy with and to be honest Virgin is not at fault here. I then had to pay $274 for taxes and fees and my question is this - What am I paying $274 dollars in fees for - where does all my money go and what taxes am I paying.
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ahlfors
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RE: Air Ticket Taxes

Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:22 am

Well, a good chunk of those "taxes and fees" is actually Virgin's fault. They tack on approximately $130 in "fuel-surcharge" which is a fee that goes directly to Virgin.

The rest is split pretty evenly between the US and UK governments for security, immigration, customs, departure tax, arrival tax etc.
 
Bicoastal
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RE: Air Ticket Taxes

Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:49 am

Immigration and customs officials, facilities and bureaucracies; airport, terminal and runway construction; air traffic control systems; security controls....just to name a few. These things don't come cheap. Your taxes and fees are a bargain.
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star_world
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RE: Air Ticket Taxes

Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:53 am

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 2):
Your taxes and fees are a bargain.

That's a bit of a joke to be honest - the levels that taxes have crept up to in recent years is ridiculous. I'd hate to think what you would say a 'fair' price for all these facilities is, per passenger per flight.
 
Leskova
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RE: Air Ticket Taxes

Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:11 pm

Quoting Boeing727flyer (Thread starter):
What am I paying $274 dollars in fees for - where does all my money go and what taxes am I paying.

As mentioned before, about half of it is VS's fuel surcharge, the rest goes to various private and public recipients... i.e. airports, air traffic control, government, ...

And... by the way... 63% Air Fare Tax? (by Utapao Sep 29 2006 in Civil Aviation)
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ZRHnerd
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RE: Air Ticket Taxes

Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:11 pm

When i book short haul inner european trips the taxes usually get higher than the actual ticket price, for instance i've just booked a one day trip ZRH-LHR on BA for a great 80CHF which is about $62, the taxes i paid were 136CHF which equals about $102. So the total price was about $164, which still isn't bad at all but considering how less i paid for the actual tickets excl. taxes and fees still is disappointing.
 
Boeing727flyer
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RE: Air Ticket Taxes

Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:41 pm

I wish they would just put all the prices down and not the flight only so then you would not get a shock when you see the final price. So much for me thinking I got a bargain. Sad
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