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    Probably a pretty stupid question to those that actually know but..

    Why are flights so expensive? Is there actually a logistical reason, or is it simply because the companies know that you will pay it anyway..

    I really want a flight home for Christmas, but I can't afford it :-(
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    (Original post by cloop)
    Probably a pretty stupid question to those that actually know but..

    Why are flights so expensive? Is there actually a logistical reason, or is it simply because the companies know that you will pay it anyway..

    I really want a flight home for Christmas, but I can't afford it :-(
    Because Brazil is far away?

    Basically it's a combination of overheads, taxation and the fact that most airlines are trying to operate at a profit.

    You need to buy the aircraft.
    You need to put fuel in it (and a lot of it for a long flight)
    You need to pay staff to fly it and work on board
    You have to pay airports at either end landing fees and host fees
    You need to pay fuel surcharges when the price goes up
    You need to pay government taxes in both countries
    You need to sell tickets
    You need to pay staff at the airport
    And so on and so on.

    Consider that they then have shareholders who want a dividend, or they have the bank knocking on the door to call in a loan and of course air fares are high. That said, air fares are at an historic low both in terms of short haul and long haul - its' taxes and fees that have gone up.

    Obviously booking earlier would have made it cheaper...
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    Flying costs a lot, companies make very little money per person. If they had the prices high for the sake of it then why do so many aitlines go bust?
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    Most airlines make barely anything on economy flights, most of it is on business and first class.
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    For what you actually get, it can be damn cheap. I've flown to Barcelona and Prague and back to the UK before for the price it's cost me to get a train ticket (albeit on the day) from Cardiff to Sheffield. Train prices in the UK are far more obscene than airfares.
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    Tax is the main reason, like with everything.
 
 
 
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