5:06 PM

No wonder they
can never make
ends meet

The No. 1 cost that the airlines must deal with these days is obviously their fuel bill, but I took a look at some landing fees and was floored at what it costs to drop heavy metal into some big fields:

In 2004, Toronto's Pearson International Airport has ranked second in an annual survey of the highest landing fees at global airports. Pearson charged USD $8,203 for a Boeing 747-400 to land, compared with Tokyo Narita's USD $8,777 fee for a 47, which led the world in extremely unbelievable fees.
Translate that into cost per seat, and it’s no wonder these guys are bleeding red ink.

Pearson also had the second-most expensive landing fees in 2004 in two other aircraft categories, charging $1,715 for an Airbus 321-100 and $497 for a CRJ200-LR. Five hundred bucks for an RJ…that’s nearly ten bucks per seat just to slip a greaser onto the numbers!

At home – again looking at 2004 figures – Dallas-Fort Worth Airport raked in $110.5 million in landing fees at $2.53 per 1,000 lbs., so says their official Annual Report. And this year, their landing fees have spiked to $4.94/1,000 lbs. Do the math and it comes to nearly $220 million in fees that airlines must pay just to chirp the tires on a DFW runway.

With the traffic that mega-hubs like DFW and ORD get, you’d think the places would feature solid gold urinals when that kind of money is pouring in the side door.

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