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The breakdown of the fees and taxes to/from the US by air.


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Montreal to New York (Fees/Taxes)

$12.10 CAD ATSC

$7.50 CAD NAV and Surcharges

$25.00 CAD Airport Improvement Fee

$5.11 CAD US Agriculture Tax

$7.15 CAD US Immigration Tax

$16.45 CAD US transportation Tax

$8.28 CAD GST

$1.97 CAD QST

 

$83.56 CAD Total Tax & Fees

 

New York to Montreal (Fees/Taxes)

$7.50 CAD NAV and Surcharges

$4.60 CAD Passenger Facility Charge

$2.55 CAD Sep 11th US Security Tax

$16.45 CAD US transportation Tax

$6.43 CAD GST

 

$37.53 CAD Total Tax & Fees

 

:mad: Its crazy that its an extra $46.03 to fly into the US.

 

All info is from Porter Airline.

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Yeah, where the hell is NAFTA? free trade!

 

This comment makes no sense. The fees that airport authorities and governments impose have nothing to do with trade tariffs or protectionism. Flights from point X to point Y aren't fungible goods, and the fact the flights differ in price is a function of the nationality of the carrier and the manner in which fees are imposed.

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Agriculture Tax? What does that have to do with air travel?

 

Aviation fuels are not legally able to be taxed under international regulation... aviation and any international transport itself should not be taxed in any way either, with the possible exception of regular sales taxes and airport fees, charged from the point of departure only!

 

I mean if you mail a letter, you pay a bit to Canada Post and the US Postal Service will deliver the letter over the border to the recipient for free, just like Canada Post will deliver an American letter without charge (there is a mechanism if the total tonnage is different between the two agencies though, but they are actually providing a service here)

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Agriculture Tax? What does that have to do with air travel?

 

It goes towards inspection of imported plants and animals.

 

Aviation fuels are not legally able to be taxed under international regulation...

 

There are no fuel taxes listed above.

 

aviation and any international transport itself should not be taxed in any way either, with the possible exception of regular sales taxes and airport fees...

 

Why?

 

charged from the point of departure only!

 

Airports handle both departures AND arrivals, and are free to impose whatever fees they so desire, just as airlines are free to bid (or not) on flight slots at the airports of their choosing.

 

I mean if you mail a letter, you pay a bit to Canada Post and the US Postal Service will deliver the letter over the border to the recipient for free, just like Canada Post will deliver an American letter without charge (there is a mechanism if the total tonnage is different between the two agencies though, but they are actually providing a service here)

 

Irrelevant as to the aviation industry and as to any discussion of free trade.

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  • 3 months later...
Canada's hefty airport-tax burden is seriously hobbling its attractiveness as a tourist destination, says the head of the global air transport agency.

 

“Instead of having policies to welcome more visitors, Canada's excessive taxes turn them away,” Giovanni Bisignani, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association, said in a business luncheon presentation Thursday.

 

“Compared to the U.S., a visit to Canada is $160 more expensive,” and Canada has slipped in the most-visited rankings to 15th from 8th in 2002, he added.

 

Canada is also ranked 106th by the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report – which rates cost competitiveness – below Japan in 86th position, India in 46th and China in 20th, he said in a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.

 

In ticket taxes and airport charges, Canada ranks a poor 98th position, he said.

 

(Courtesy of The Globe and Mail)

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Et en plus les aéroports canadiens sont défavorisés quand il s'agit de faire compétition avec les aéroports américains proches de la frontière canadienne, comme Burlington et Plattsburg, qui ont des frais généraux beaucoup moins élevés. Ces aéroports et d'autres dans le secteur des Grands Lacs attirent une clientèle plus sensible aux prix et c'est autant de voyageurs perdus pour l'industrie canadienne de l'aviation.

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