Airport tax Europe
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2013 4:04 PM Last Post By: Kulafey
Dec 12, 2011 12:31 AM
15my initial expectation was that there would be some European authority that would publish these taxes somehow
@#14. And which "European authority" did you have in mind?
and in fact, shouldn't there be one?
No. Why should there be?
I'd bet someone somewhere is getting a salary for doing that.
How much would you like to bet? My educated guess is that there is nobody. The hundreds of European airports are in the hands of a wide range of authorities; for example, local councils, private sector bodies, central government, local trusts, and so on. That is a hell of a task. Financial restraint is the buzz word and I do not think there would be much support for this salary. There are more important tasks on hand.
Dec 12, 2011 1:05 AM
16I don't see the point of compiling a list of airport taxes for every airport in Europe, not for your journey nor for future reference (unless you ensure that it's updated regularly).
You said 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.
Right. So don't you think the first step should be to narrow down your options?
- how far can you travel on those miles?
- what airlines can you use those miles on?
- on what (code-sharing etc.) routes can you not use your miles?
- what destinations do you not want to fly to because you've already been there, because you're not interested in them or whatever?
- and you say flights have to go out of Lisbon.
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...)
There are much more relevant matters in life that cannot be properly regulated at a European level, so I doubt there's an authority that publishes something trifle as a list of airport taxes.
I presume your frequent flyer programme comes with several restrictions, which narrows down your options considerably; asking other people to randomly compile a list of airports and their taxes is therefore a waste of their time.
Since you can probably only use those miles on a limited number of airlines, your best bet would be to call these airlines and ask if they have a list of taxes per airport they fly out of. Alternatively you can try IATA.
That is indeed a time-consuming task. But hey, you want to save money, don't you? Why do you expect other people to spend time to help you save money, without getting anything in return?
Dec 12, 2011 1:52 PM
17well I thought the answer to that would be obvious - so that everyone would benefit from the collected information in the future...
anyway, I will definitely look into those suggested sources of information - although I must say I find it strange that such an issue wouldn't be regulated by a central body, applying certain limitations to taxing at least in the EU. but perhaps you are right, and it's just too complex to handle.
wasn't expecting everyone's general lack of interest in the matter though - guess it's not the kind of forum I thought it would be.
Dec 12, 2011 2:48 PM
18guess it's not the kind of forum I thought it would be
@#18. The forum is whatever you want to make it. If you feel like putting in the effort, I am sure that others will appreciate it. If you do not, please do not complain. We all do this for free.
I find it strange that such an issue wouldn't be regulated by a central body
You might find it strange. I do not. But that is not the point. Now is your chance to become famous.
Dec 12, 2011 9:55 PM
19so that everyone would benefit from the collected information in the future
That would only be useful if you kept the file up to date, as taxes change from time to time. Even then, not many people will pick their destination based on its airport tax, nor will they fly to an airport 2 hours away to save a few bucks.
the kind of forum I thought it to be
Are you honestly surprised by our lack of enthusiasm towards a new user who digs up a two year old post, first complains that we should have given the OP that list of airport taxes and then expects us to spend hours to do his homework?
No, it's certainly not that kind of forum.
Feb 18, 2012 12:30 PM
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Nov 24, 2012 8:19 AM
22I can understand the airfare is not only composed of airport tax. It is a combination of various fees.
I ran into the same situation "searching the lowest airport tax" simply because I can redeem by flight by miles.
In this situation, the mileage amount is same no matter from which city in Europe to other continents. The big difference is the tax.
I checked out the flight to New York , Vienna may charge up to 120 USD while Warsaw or Prague may be 50 ~ 70 USD.
And I hope this will help. Check out some airlines' redemption function, they may show you the surcharges + tax. Then you have an idea about the taxes and surcharges. I used United.com
Nov 24, 2012 8:30 AM
23Thanks for sharing, Tony. That doesn't change the fact that it doesn't make much sense to fly into Warsaw if Vienna is where you want to go to.
While I'm sure it's possible that in incidental cases the difference in airport tax can save you some money, I still believe it's not very useful to spend a lot of time researching this - most people who fly into a city they have no interest in, simply don't understand the time and costs involved in onward transportation to their actual destination. In most cases it's a false economy.
Nov 24, 2012 1:33 PM
24Of course I do know that the Paris airport tax is about half the amount of the London airport tax, so that could modify someone's plans for entry/exit to a country.
Nov 24, 2012 3:09 PM
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Oct 20, 2013 4:04 PM
27I flew to Vancouver with my family in June. From the UK, the cheapest flights we could find were from heathrow with budget airline air transat. But by flying out of Dublin, we could avoid the UK's departure tax. We also got to fly with Virgin, which I prefer. Booking saved us £220 each. We then paid a further £25 for a flight to Dublin, from Manchester which is near to us, this was almost cancelled out by the saving on getting to heathrow. We got to spend a few days in Dublin which we had wanted to do, then flew to Vancouver ( via heathrow!). On the way back, the flight was again via heathrow, but we just travelled home from there and didn't bother with the last leg to Dublin, obviously! For the 3 of us, the total saving was around £600 - just because we knew the airport departure tax was lower from Ireland than from the UK. So there is definitely savings to be made if you have a choice of countries to fly from or to.
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