reifel
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Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:44 pm

Hi There,

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.

[Edited 2012-06-21 12:46:21]
 
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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:56 pm

Possibly why U2 pulling base out of mad . European
Airport taxes obscene they need to be reduced not increase . Travel sector
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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:58 pm

Good article about this in this month's Airline Business.
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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:04 pm

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...
 
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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:44 pm

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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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:06 am

Hi there!

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.
 
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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:09 am

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.
 
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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Spanish Airport Taxes To Raise On June, 25?

Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:15 pm

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.