When it comes to airline ticket taxes, the amount can sometimes be more than the actual fare itself. It seems that Governments and facilities levy a range of fees for flying which end up being passed on to the consumer.

Airlines are usually required to give you a breakdown of the taxes and fees with your ticket. Most people don’t really pay much attention to them, but checking them out can reveal interesting information.

Airline Ticket Taxes

Long haul international travel is especially good at attracting service fees. This can and will include fees for services such as immigration, customs, security and more.

Above is the breakdown for a ticket from Denver to Sydney on Delta, which gives you a good idea for what is charged for. All in, these fees added a little over $160 to the overall ticket price.

Of course, sometimes things are a little more arcane. Deciphering the elements in the Cathay Pacific example above is almost impossible. Sure, everything is in SEK which is Swedish Krona, but just what is a G3?

Perhaps my favourite though is when taxes are the only price you pay. The Aer Lingus example above shows zero fare, which means you can’t get the ticket any cheaper. When this happens, I don’t really care what the taxes comprise of!

Overall Thoughts

Airline ticket taxes are here to stay and I like it when they are broken down in an easy to read format. While I usually wouldn’t check them at all, sometimes it’s nice to review them just to see what is going on.

Every airport has different fees, which is one reason why fares can differ in each direction of travel. The UK is notorious for this as they charge Air Passenger Duty on all non-connecting flights, which can inflate prices considerably.

Do you pay attention to the taxes portion of your airline ticket? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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