sn26567 wrote:tolipanebas wrote:Nobody pays his airport taxes separately nor does anybody reroutes because some airport taxes are too high as long as the total fare is okay because obviously nobody cares how the airlines split out the total ticket fare between themselves, the airports and their handlling agents. That some airports seems to think otherwise is highly indicative of just how out of sync they are with reality: those airports are seriously overrating their own significance.
A little bit of history:
I remember the time (I must be getting old) when many airports were billing the airport taxes separately: the passenger had to fork out the airport tax in the local currency, which was often a major inconvenience, but at least it had the merit of clarity. The passenger would know exactly how cheap or expensive the airport was. In that sense, the passenger was really a customer of the airport.
For the convenience of the passenger, the airlines asked for this tax to be incorporated in the ticket price. It was much easier for tha passenger, who could nevertheless still check on his paper ticket the various components of the total price: so much for the airport of departure, so much for overflying countries, so much for the airport of arrival and so much for the airline itself. Very few passengers bothered to check that.
Now with electronic tickets, it has become more difficult to know the details of the fare. You just get an item called "taxes", which does even (unrightfully in my view) encompass the fuel surcharge...
You are right: it is not yet that long ago that we all had to stand in line at Don Muang airport to pay an airport tax in Thai baht. For some passengers it was a dramatic experience because they had spent all their Thai currency, and didn't expect such a last ditch "extortion".