Government taxes and fees and carrier charges

Certain taxes, fees and carrier charges may be applied to your booking by British Airways, airport operators, governments or other authorities. Here you will find an explanation of those taxes, fees and carrier charges.

Government, authority and airport charges

These are included in the price of your ticket and are levied by airport operators, governments, or other authorities.

Some airports may levy local taxes, fees or charges against passengers upon arrival or departure. These are not included in the price of your ticket and should be paid locally.

Government and/or airport taxes are refundable, however some countries will apply a Value Added Tax, Sales Tax or equivalent, which will only be refunded on fully flexible tickets.

Changes to GB Air Passenger Duty from 1 March 2016 for young adults aged between 12 and under 16

The UK Government announced on 3 December 2014 that the GB Air Passenger Duty (APD) will no longer be charged for children between the ages of 12 and under 16 years on economy class seats for travel from 1 March 2016.

If you make a booking, you will be charged an amount equivalent to APD, which we will refund to you before you fly. Please enter date of birth details for 12 to under 16 year olds using Advance Passenger Information so that we can process your refund for APD.

If you are unable to use or you’re travelling on a domestic flight, you can provide your date of birth details by calling your local British Airways office.

Find out more about the changes to APD from 1 March 2016

Fuel surcharge

British Airways may impose a fuel surcharge as part of the total price of the airline ticket, which you may see stated separately in certain displays during the booking process or on your final e-ticket receipt.*

Fuel surcharges are based on flight duration and also apply to children and infants.

*In line with the fare rules, a refund of the fuel charge can be made on fully flexible tickets only with unused flights in your itinerary.

Online booking fee

British Airways applies an online booking fee, from certain countries, for flight bookings made on

  • The online booking fee is not applicable to Executive Club redemption bookings made on (Avios only, Avios & Money and Gold Upgrade for Two).
  • The online booking fee is non-refundable.
  • If you use an eVoucher in full or part payment of your booking, we will waive the online booking fee. However, if you remove the eVoucher the fee will be reinstated.
  • In case of involuntary flight cancellations your booking fee can be refunded. We regret that this service is currently not available online. Please contact your British Airways reservations office if you wish to receive a refund of your online booking fee.

British Airways contact information booking fee rates
For tickets originating booking fee per person per ticket (or equivalent) 
Denmark DKK 10.00
Israel USD 30.00
Norway NOK 10.00
Sweden SEK 10.00