Airport tax Europe
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2013 4:04 PM Last Post By: Kulafey
May 12, 2009 9:04 AM
May 12, 2009 10:35 AM
May 12, 2009 10:57 AM
2Shuffaluff is right. There are differences in airport tax, but these differences are nothing compared to the differences in price of the flights by different airlines. You would be much better off checking offers of different airlines.
When checking flights, have a look at this brilliant little website:
you can easily compare flight costs between airports in a 300 mile radius.
May 12, 2009 11:44 AM
3Are you against paying taxes? In France, there is a tax on all airline tickets (among the other 4 taxes) that finances AIDS treatment in developing countries. For economy class, it is 4€ for a long distance flight. For any other class it is 40€, and that's how it should be. Anybody with a flight out of France will see it on their ticket with the code IZ.
May 13, 2009 10:44 AM
4In the European Union, airport taxes are included in ticket's price.
You could learn more about the system here: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/country.php
Jun 6, 2009 7:48 AM
5Kerouc2 was right. The difference in price isn't in the airport tax but in the different airline companies. And thanks for the website, it's indeed great and helped me out too!
To get back to post#1 of Erdinger. Well, the differences for the airlines are so big it really does save a lot to fly with a budget airline to another airport and take the long flight from there. We're now flying for Eur14,- to Dublin from Eindhoven (Holland) with Ryanair and then to NYC for Eur198,- with Aer Lingus. The cheapest I could find from Amsterdam to NYC (also via Dublin) was Eur390,- So that's saving us Eur178,- each! And Eindhoven for us is even better then Amsterdam. So if you wanna fly cheap, search around!
Jun 6, 2009 10:21 AM
Of course the risk in saving money in this way, with two unrelated tickets bought months in advance, is that either Ryanair or Aer Lingus either drops the route or (more likely) changes the time of their flights in a way that makes the connection impossible and leaves you with a worthless ticket for the other flight.
Edited by: alan1972
Jun 6, 2009 12:02 PM
7The last point that alan1972 makes, the one about flight changes or cancellations, is completely valid. We've had a number of anguished posts on here from people who've had exactly that happen to them. Ryanair (or whoever) is reluctant to accept responsibilty for any knock-on effects to your itinerary if they make changes.
So if they bring forward the flight departure to a time earlier in the day that you can't make, that's tough luck in their eyes. If they cancel the flight, they'll offer you a refund but it could cost you an arm and a leg to buy another ticket from another carrier.
From a traveller's point of view, these are unpredictable times for airlines.
Jun 6, 2009 12:13 PM
8It can indeed pay off for example to take a Ryanair flight Eindhoven or Charleroi to Dublin, and hop on an Air Lingus flight to New York from there. The biggest problem is when you want to make a same day connection in Dublin. As these are two seperate tickets, Ryanair is not responsible for missing your flight to New York if their plane is late. And Air Lingus isn't probably too eager to give you a seat on the next flight without you paying a new ticket (and why should they give you a free seat?)
To be on the safe side, you probably have to get a flight into Dublin a day earlier, and connect with an Air Lingus flight the next day. But this will add another hotel bill, transport to/from the airport, and you will probably end up paying as much as any other flight. It is true you can save lots of euros sometimes this way, certainly when flying long haul, but there are lots of things that can go wrong this way.
Dec 10, 2011 11:24 AM
9It'a a pity that instead of criticizing the question no one bothered to provide a straight answer... It would have been really helpful if I could've found that airport tax list here (but I guess it's people like you that make half the forums on the internet so useless).
And since you all seem so eager to know of good reasons for wanting such a list, I'll let you know: I have lots of frequent flyer miles to spend, and when booking an award ticket, the only thing I have to pay are the airport taxes. Now since those miles are about to expire, I'm just looking for the cheapest possible destination for going - and I don't really care which destination it is, as long as it departs from Lisbon airport. Without the list, I have no choice but to simulate every destination within the range of my available miles, which is quite time-consuming. Capische?
(example: going to Amsterdam will set me back 111€ in taxes, while going to Oslo costs 199€ - big enough of a difference for you?)
Dec 10, 2011 3:29 PM
10Without the list, I have no choice but to simulate every destination within the range of my available miles, which is quite time-consuming.
So it would take you a lot of time. That is really tough.
Can you now guess why nobody answered the question directly? Yes, that´s right. Because it would take people a lot of time and we are not doing this for money.
Dec 10, 2011 11:49 PM
Dec 10, 2011 11:56 PM
Dec 11, 2011 6:58 AM
Dec 11, 2011 3:50 PM
Now on a more constructive approach, I'll let you know how open-source cooperation usually works (when it works well) online: I've setup a public spreadsheet on Google Docs, very simplistic, so anyone that will actually be interested in getting insight on airport taxes, can start populating it with their own data. I've put in a couple of rows just to get it going, and will back it up regularly. If we get enough data, I will produce and share with you the resulting analysis. Fair enough?
Oh, and I will not charge any commissions (or take responsibility for validation of input data). Obviously it's also not guaranteed that relevant insight will result - but in that case at least we'll know the random nature of the taxes :)
So here's the link:
Meanwhile, does anyone out there (who doesn't charge for sharing knowledge) know how to break down the info on e-tickets? I could try to code something to process them automatically and extract the data (wish the fellows on TripIt would add such a feature - for them it would surely be easy). I'm not too happy on not being able to split the taxes of the outbound and inbound trips on round trip flights either... any suggestions? Feel free to modify the structure of the spreadsheet until we get a final model.
Of course, and since that doesn't seem clear, my initial expectation was that there would be some European authority that would publish these taxes somehow (and in fact, shouldn't there be one? I'd bet someone somewhere is getting a salary for doing that...)
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