I'm trying to find a resource that will provide me a breakdown of taxes and charges applied to a ticket I'm about to buy from Malaysia Airlines (before I buy it!). It's the third time this year I will have flown the route, but the first time that I've noticed the taxes / charges are pretty much the same cost as the actual flight.
I can fly LHR > KUL return for around £500 which includes £220.20 tax / charges
I can fly LHR > PNH return for around £550 which includes £271.60 tax / charges
According to the UK HMRC (taxes!) website, an economy ticket flying longhaul out of the UK should cost the reduced rate of £40 in tax. BAA's website which is supposed to show airport charges is conveniently a broken link.
Where is the rest of my money going? The other £180 / £230 is an awful lot of airport charges / fuel surcharge etc.
I'm particularly intersted to see that the tax to fly to PNH is more than £50 extra, but this does not include the $25 departure tax that you have to pay in cash at that airport on the return leg. What exactly is this extra £50 for, as I'm already paying extra in addition at that airport anyway?