The United States
Airline Tax and Fees Explained
Airlines and their passengers pay many taxes and fees to a variety of authorities.
The amount a passenger pays in taxes and fees on a ticket will vary based on itinerary, including the number of flights and which airports someone is flying to. The total price of the flight ticket will include these mandatory taxes.
US Government taxes on flights include the following:
Federal Excise Tax: A federal excise tax of 7.5% is charged on all domestic flights. Airlines must include that tax in their advertised fares - a rule set out by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Segment Fee: A segment fee of up to $4.20 USD applies per flight segment (domestic and international). A flight segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Passenger Facility Charges: Individual airports can impose ‘passenger facility charges’ (PFCs) of $4.50 USD (but up to $18 USD) to the price of the ticket, depending upon the itinerary.
U.S. or International Departure and Arrival Charges: U.S. or international government imposed taxes and fee of up to $200.00 USD may apply depending upon the itinerary chosen.
September 11th Security Fee: A September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 USD applies per one-way flight. Applies to domestic and international flights. An additional fee(s) of $5.60 can be added if the trip itinerary includes a layover or stopover of longer than four hours (domestically), or 12 hours (internationally), or to/from Alaska and Hawaii.
Additional: Airlines flying to/from the US may also add international taxes and government or airport-imposed fees, including various departure taxes, foreign taxes, inspection fees, and security charges, to the ticket. Select countries, such as the UK, France and Ghana require additional taxes based on the cabin of service.