Most of us know a thing or two about how much we usually pay for an airline ticket to get to where we want to go. We may also have an idea of how this has changed over the years since we began to fly, along with inflation and the advent of new airline business models. However, not everyone stops to think about what actually goes into the price of those tickets.
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The link between ticket prices and airline profitability is very complex. Airlines have very high fixed costs of operating flights, and there is actually not all that much money in the business compared to other industries. This article looks at some of these costs and considers what airlines pay to ensure you get in the air. This is a complicated area that shifts and changes a great deal between regions and over time. As such, consider this analysis a starting point to gain a general overview rather than an exhaustive guide to aviation economics.
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Airline fixed costs
Before we look at the costs explicitly associated with operating a flight, we should briefly discuss the fixed costs faced by airlines. Of course, these are also factored into flight costs, but it is harder to attribute these to each individual flight. Major expenses include:
Aircraft depreciation and rental costs. The cost of the aircraft itself is a significant expenditure for airlines. Typical accounting measures suggest a depreciation cost of 4% per year for jet aircraft. This would roughly assume a 25-year operating life for a plane. An airline may not keep an aircraft this long, of course, but the remaining value is then reflected in the secondhand value of the aircraft.
However, at times, as we have seen lately with the gone-too-soon Airbus A380s, airlines do not always keep planes around for that long, and there may be no one who wants them when they let them go. Aircraft that can be converted to cargo carriers stand a greater chance of transferring onto the secondhand market.
To put this in context, the list price (although this is hardly what an airline or lessor ends up paying, it is more like a starting point for negotiations) for a new 777-8 aircraft is $410.2 million, so depreciation could be as much as $16.4 million per year.
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Maintenance costs. Aircraft undergo regular checks and maintenance as part of daily operations. On top of this, there is a system of heavier A, B, C, and D checks. This could be considered as a cost that is either fixed or dependent on flights. Like all fixed costs, there is a cost that needs to be attributed to each flight made. But, of course, to maintain an airworthy fleet, maintenance costs are inevitable.
Insurance costs. The price for insuring aircraft will depend more on the fleet size than the number of flights.
Reservation and booking costs. This is an interesting area for low-cost carriers, as many cut costs here by only selling flights through their websites. Typically though, airlines pay a percentage fee to booking agents and booking sites.
Staff and management costs. There may be some flexibility to alter crew salary depending on schedules, but other salary costs are more fixed long term.
Flight operating costs
We now look at the costs of operating the actual flights. These are the costs airlines experience based on flight schedules. Of course, some are directly related to each flight and would not be incurred if the flight did not operate. Others are longer-term and more based on the planned schedule.
To demonstrate the cost of flight operation, we will consider, where practical, the example of a Boeing 777-300ER flight from London to New York. Some other relevant and interesting cost areas will be highlighted.
According to Jean-Paul Rodrigue in his book ‘The Geography of Transport Systems,’ staff and fuel costs are by far the most significant expenses for an airline. Together they account for 50% of all costs (with staff at 32.3% and fuel at 17.7%).
The number of cabin crew follows strict regulations, with a minimum number for each aircraft type. Salaries, of course, can vary between airlines. According to the salary tracking website Glassdoor, the average British Airways pilot salary is £87,000, while for easyJet, it is about £60,000. Cabin crew likewise can earn different wages depending on their contract terms or location base.
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Crew bases and rotations are also a significant cost factor, especially with long-haul flights. Many airlines operate multiple crew bases to help with this. This not only affects cost but provides local crew for better passenger service and backup in case of staff problems.
Norwegian is a good example of an airline that adopted this model. Its long-haul operations had a complex structure, with subsidiaries in several countries. As part of this, it took advantage of lower labor costs outside its main base in Norway. Unfortunately, this was not enough to make the Norwegian long-haul low-cost experiment successful. Finnair also makes good use of overseas bases, particularly for Asian flights, although this practice has generally shifted with the downtime in international traffic during COVID.
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For a good idea of what this costs in terms of operating a flight, we will look at the FAA analysis numbers. It calculates the following per hour (block hour, so the total time from gate to gate rather than just airborne time) operating costs for all crew:
- Widebody over 300 seats: $2,356
- Widebody under 300 seats: $1,857
- Narrowbody over 160 seats: $1,1,52
- Narrowbody under 160 seats: $1,034
So, as a guide, our seven-hour 777 flight from London to New York would have a staff cost of around $16,500.
Fuel is a major expense for airlines and is why they suffer so much in periods of high oil prices, as with the recent surges due to the geopolitical situation leading to raised ticket fares across the globe. According to the IATA jet fuel price monitor, fuel prices have more than doubled over the past year, much due to Russia's war in Ukraine.
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There are some strategies to deal with fluctuating markets. Many airlines will buy options for fuel ahead of time, locking in prices. This can make forward planning and accounting more straightforward and provide some protection, but ultimately prices will rise when oil prices go up.
The impact of rising prices is mitigated to some extent by more efficient aircraft. Back in the 1970s, long-haul flying was the domain of heavy, four-engine airliners. There has been significant improvement in aircraft efficiency in recent years, and of course, twin-engine aircraft are now much more capable. Going forward, we will likely see even smaller (and more efficient) twin-engine aircraft on longer routes. The new Airbus A321XLR promises much in this area and is already proving a popular choice for airlines.
The latest FAA aircraft operating costs revealed the average cost per block hour for different aircraft:
Fuel and oil
Widebody over 300 seats
Widebody of less than 300 seats
Narrowbody over 160 seats
Narrowbody of less than 160 seats
The Points Guy looked in detail at total fuel costs in late 2019, based on data from Airlines for America. It quotes the average price for fuel for a London to New York flight as $33,411. With average winds, though, the return would use less fuel, costing $27,270. For comparison, a transcontinental flight from New York to Los Angeles would use $10,757 of fuel. Given what we said previously about jet fuel prices over the last year, it is not difficult to imagine how this is currently impacting an airline's operating costs.
Meanwhile, the improvement in efficiency is best seen by comparing fuel burn per seat. An interesting study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) looked at this in 2019 for transatlantic operators. As well as highlighting which airlines have the best fuel economy, it also compared aircraft types. The industry average was 33 passenger kilometers per liter of fuel burn. The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 were significantly above this, at over 40 passenger kilometers per liter.
Airlines pay a fee to land at any airport and use the required facilities there. Fees vary significantly between airports and consider different factors, including aircraft type and weight, landing time, and sometimes emissions and noise. Some locations split this into a fixed fee and a variable fee (based on the load factor).
The rates for JFK (and other New York airports) are published by the Port Authority of New York. In 2020, the fee was $6.95 per thousand pounds of maximum gross weight. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of a 777-300ER is 775,000 pounds. This would give it a take-off/landing fee of $5,386.
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In addition, there are usage fees for airport parking areas, usually dependent on aircraft size and time on the ground. At JFK, these are $70 plus an additional $25 for each 25,000 pounds MTOW over 200,000 pounds. This is charged for each period of up to eight hours. For our 777-300ER, this would be $645.
As a comparison, rates for London Heathrow are published by the airport. These are based on aircraft size, as well as noise category. For most heavy widebodies, this would be £5,737 ($6,982) per landing. There is an additional emission charge of £16.84 ($20.49) per kilogram of NOx emission. And a parking charge of £61.13 ($74.40) per 15 minutes (after 90 minutes) for widebody aircraft.
Airport and government taxes
As well as landing fees, there are additional government taxes, of course. These likewise vary hugely between countries and airports and change regularly. The UK has some of the highest such taxes, with its Air Passenger Duty (APD) on top of other taxes. There is some discussion that this may be removed, but it is far from certain.
The UK has a high taxation system. Photo: Lukas Souza | Simple Flying
In most cases, these are incorporated into the price paid for the ticket and then passed from the airline to the relevant government bodies. This is not always the case, though. Often, some low-cost airlines offer ticket prices lower than the total taxes (particularly in Europe and the UK, where fares are low and taxes high).
This can be worthwhile as part of a broader marketing campaign or when considered alongside additional ancillary revenues. British Airways does the same with its Reward Flight Saver tickets, charging cash amounts lower than total UK taxes.
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Overflight fees en route
Airlines pay overflight fees to the governments of each country they fly over on their routes. This covers the use of air traffic control and other navigation services. For a flight just over the US or within Europe (which is centralized under ‘Eurocontrol’), this will be a single payment based on the aircraft type and length of the flight.
The payments are much more complicated for a complex route crossing several countries. Some countries impose a fixed fee; others will base it on the distance flown.
Airlines need to pay fees to the countries whose airspace they cross through. Image: gcmap.com
The Federal Aviation Administration sets rates in the US. There are only two rates; overland, the rate is $61.75 per 100 nautical miles, and over the ocean monitored by the FAA, the rate is $26.51 per 100 nautical miles.
Europe's rates are more complicated. They are based on aircraft weight, flight distance, and a ‘unit rate’ for each country. Billing and control are centralized, but rates vary by state.
Changing routes slightly can have a significant effect on these costs. The Wall Street Journal, for example, quoted the case of a British Airways re-route over Europe for a London to São Paulo flight that could save the airline around £3,000 ($3,650). Instead of routing over Portugal, Spain, and France, it switched to an oceanic crossing and entered UK airspace over Cornwall.
Qatar Airways was blocked from neighboring airspaces for several years due to political reasons. Photo: Tom Boon - Simple Flying
Airlines, though, can’t always just pay a fee and simply come trundling through the airspace of their choice – they need permission as well. This can often get political as well as financial. We saw this, for example, when Qatar Airways was blocked from several Gulf countries' airspace from 2017 to 2021 and once again under bans on overflying Russia or western countries for Russian airlines.
Ground handling fees
As well as the fees to airports and governments for landing and using ground services, there are third parties involved in turning around and serving an aircraft. How much airlines handle themselves and how much is outsourced varies between airlines and locations. The costs of such services are hard to obtain. Some discussion on Airliners.net puts a standard ground turnaround charge for a 737 aircraft at $1,000 to $2,000.
The above details have provided a guide to each of the main costs incurred. To bring them together, we will look at the research into airline costs carried out by the FAA in 2018. This study attempted to quantify the total operating cost of various aircraft types.
This includes all of the above factors plus an attempt to bring in other fixed costs that are hard to quantify per flight. For widebody aircraft with over 300 seats, it estimated the total variable costs per block hour to be $9,097 and the total operating cost (including a proportion of airlines' fixed costs) to be $10,351. (Of course, with inflation and rising fuel prices, these numbers may have changed quite significantly.)
Low-cost carriers are dependent on ancillary revenue to make up for cheap tickets. Photo: Airbus
Out of interest, for a larger narrowbody (over 160 seats), this drops to variable costs of $4,096 and total costs of $4,733. This would put the average large widebody cost for a seven-hour flight across the Atlantic at just over $72,000, given 2018 conditions. Depending on aircraft type and exact routing, there would obviously be variations, but it provides a pretty good baseline.
And a short-haul European flight, for comparison, of 2.5 hours would reach almost $12,000. Consider this next time you are looking at very low fares with low-cost airlines. It also helps explain the growing importance of ancillary revenues for budget carriers.
Would you like to share any comments on airlines' costs and fees? Or do you know any more details or examples of actual costs – we would love to update with more accurate estimates! Let us know in the comments.
Airlines pay a fee to land at any airport and use the required facilities there. Fees vary significantly between airports and consider different factors, including aircraft type and weight, landing time, and sometimes emissions and noise.What kind of operating costs do airlines have? ›
The major expenses that affect companies in the airline industry are labor and fuel costs. Labor costs are largely fixed in the short term, while fuel costs can swing wildly based on the price of oil. For this reason, analysts pay more attention to fuel costs in the near term.How much profit do airlines make per flight? ›
Airlines get an average of just under $189 of revenue for each passenger they fly, which include the base fare, ancillaries such as bag fees, fuel surcharges, and revenue for any cargo carried.How much does an airline ticket cost? ›
The average cost of a “good deal” round-trip domestic flight for June 2022 was $398, according to Hopper. That's over $100 more than the same month's average in 2021. Higher ticket prices, paired with added costs like travel insurance and checked baggage, have led some travelers to put their plans on hold.Do airlines have to pay for alternative flights? ›
If your airline offers a flight to an alternative arrival airport, they must bear the cost of transferring you to the original airport or to another close-by destination agreed with you. If you choose a refund, you can get your money back for all parts of the ticket you haven't used.Does it cost money to land a plane at an airport? ›
Some airports, especially general aviation airports, do not charge landing fees. Landing fees may encompass additional airport provided services. Some airports will charge a single fee for landing and provide gates and check-in facilities as part of that fee.How much does it cost to fly a 737 per hour? ›
The average hourly rental rate of the Boeing 737-800 is around 21,050 USD per hour.What is the largest expense for most airlines? ›
- Cost of buying or leasing aircraft.
- Labor costs.
- Aircraft maintenance.
- Airport ground handling charges.
Cost per flying hour (CPFH) is a well-known DoD cost metric. As the name suggests, CPFH is calculated as an aircraft fleet's costs divided by its flying hours: CPFH = Total O&S Costs Total Flying Hours .How much do airline pilots make per flight? ›
The range in hourly rate also changes by airline and by type of aircraft. For example, an experienced Captain flying an A350 for Delta can expect to earn $354 per hour. Delta pays a junior First Officer $92 per hour. Flying a B777 for United Airlines, a senior Captain earns $352, and the junior First Officer $91.
Pilots don't earn a flat annual salary like some professions. Instead, they're paid an hourly wage for each flight hour flown, along with per diem. Most airlines guarantee a minimum number of hours per month, so that pilots can count on at least a minimum amount of monthly income.How many flights does a commercial plane make per day? ›
Below are some of the top commercial flight statistics on people flying, planes in the air, flights per day, and the number of airports. US Commercial flight carriers are currently conducting about 5,670 passenger flights daily. Roughly 100,000 flights take off and land every day all over the globe.How much is 1st class flight? ›
On average, first class tickets for domestic flights in the United States cost at least $1,300 – but travelers are looking at even higher prices to fly first-class internationally. International round-trip flights from the United States (in first class seats) average as follows: Europe: $3,500. Asia: $3,800.Is it expensive to fly first class? ›
Generally, first class is more expensive than economy class, though the actual difference in price depends on the route, when you purchase the ticket and how many seats are available. Economy class seats are fairly standard, while you can experience a variety of seats in first class.What is the cheapest airline? ›
- Southwest. Southwest is one of the most popular low-cost carriers in the United States. ...
- Spirit. Spirit Airlines is a go-to carrier for anyone who wants to travel on a budget. ...
- JetBlue. ...
- Allegiant Air. ...
- Alaska Airlines. ...
- Hawaiian Airlines. ...
- United Airlines. ...
- American Airlines.
Can You Buy a Flight at the Airport? Believe it or not, this question is worth asking, and the simple answer is yes. You can still buy a flight at the airport. In some cases, like buying a ticket a few hours before departure, it may be the only option available.How can I avoid flight fees? ›
- Understand your carrier and airfare class first. ...
- Fly with an airline that doesn't charge certain fees. ...
- Consider using an airline credit card. ...
- Use the travel benefits of your credit card. ...
- If you're enrolled in a frequent flyer program, check your perks.
Yes! You can reserve a flight without paying for it in advance.How much fuel does a plane use? ›
A plane like a Boeing 747 uses approximately 1 gallon (about 4 liters) of fuel every second. Over the course of a 10-hour flight, it might burn 36,000 gallons (150,000 liters).How much does it cost to keep a private jet at an airport? ›
Unless you have space in the garage, you'll have to rent or buy a space in an airport hangar. Depending on the hangar location, renting a private hangar will be around $3,000 per month.
Aircraft on ground or AOG is a term in aviation maintenance indicating that a problem is serious enough to prevent an aircraft from flying. Boeing estimates that a 1-2 hour AOG situation will cost an airline $10-20,000, and possibly as high as $150,000.How much does a gallon of airplane fuel cost? ›
The cost per gallon of fuel in January 2023 ($3.28) was up 14 cents (4.3%) from December 2022 ($3.14) and up $1.37 (71.7%) from January 2019. Total January 2023 fuel expenditure ($4.63B) was up 0.2% from December 2022 ($4.63B) and up 70.6% from pre-pandemic January 2019.How much does a 737 pilot get paid? ›
While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $160,000 and as low as $46,500, the majority of 737 Pilot salaries currently range between $83,500 (25th percentile) to $105,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $120,000 annually across the United States.How much does it cost to fill a 737 with fuel? ›
The cost to fuel a jet airplane is soaring. It currently costs $36,000 dollars to fuel a 737. Last year to fill the same jet cost $24,000.Which airline has the biggest economy seats? ›
Emirates. Emirates serves 12 cities in the U.S. with nonstop flights to Dubai (and some unique routes, such as New York to Milan). On Emirates, economy seats on the double-decker Airbus A380 measure in at 18-inches wide, one of the widest economy seats around.What is America's biggest expense? ›
CBO: U.S. Federal spending and revenue components for fiscal year 2022. Major expenditure categories are healthcare, Social Security, and defense; income and payroll taxes are the primary revenue sources.Which airline has the most expensive ticket? ›
Airline tickets are at some of the highest prices the industry has seen in a while, but $66,000 for a single plane ticket? That's the price of the world's most expensive commercial airplane ticket, a one-way flight on Etihad Airways from New York City/JFK to Abu Dhabi.How much does it cost to fly an A-10 per hour? ›
The A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack is the cheapest armed fixed-wing plane to fly in the entire Pentagon fleet, costing just $22,531 an hour. The A-10 is an older jet, and most models flying today were built in the 1980s.How much does a private jet cost for a 3 hour flight? ›
Midsize or Super Midsize Jets cost between $3,200 and $6,000 per hour. Large and Ultra Long Range Jets cost between $5,600 and $11,000 per hour within the US, and possibly higher internationally.How much does it cost to fly a 777 per hour? ›
According to some estimates, the operating cost of a Boeing 747 can range from $24,000 to $27,000 per hour, while the operating cost of an Airbus A380 can range from $26,000 to $29,000 per hour. The operating cost of a Boeing 777 is estimated to be slightly lower, at around $21,000 to $24,000 per hour.
A typical day for a pilot will be 6-13 hours and you will fly 1-4 flight segments during that timeframe.How much does a pilot make a day? ›
While ZipRecruiter is seeing weekly wages as high as $3,077 and as low as $894, the majority of Day Pilot wages currently range between $1,605 (25th percentile) to $2,028 (75th percentile) across the United States.How much does a 747 pilot make a year? ›
While ZipRecruiter is seeing salaries as high as $177,436 and as low as $51,567, the majority of salaries within the Boeing 747 Pilot jobs category currently range between $92,600 (25th percentile) to $117,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $133,076 annually in Staten Island.What is the highest paid pilot? ›
- Chief Pilot. Salary range: $84,500-$119,000 per year. ...
- Helicopter Pilot. Salary range: $89,000-$104,000 per year. ...
- Private Pilot. Salary range: $52,000-$100,000 per year. ...
- Corporate Pilot. Salary range: $71,000-$100,000 per year. ...
- Air Charter Pilot. ...
- Airline Pilot. ...
- Assistant Chief Pilot. ...
- Commercial Pilot.
As of May 12, 2023, the average annual pay for a Private Jet Pilot in the United States is $55,138 a year.How many hours a week does a pilot work? ›
Federal regulations set the maximum work hours and minimum requirements for rest between flights for most pilots. Airline pilots fly an average of 75 hours per month and work an additional 150 hours per month performing other duties, such as checking weather conditions and preparing flight plans.What is the maximum hours a pilot can fly? ›
(1) 500 hours in any calendar quarter; (2) 800 hours in any two consecutive calendar quarters; (3) 1,400 hours in any calendar year.Do pilots sleep on long flights? ›
Aviation regulators set the total hours pilots fly and how much sleep they must get between flights. During ultra-long-haul flights, pilots sleep in special cabins, which passengers can't access.How long can a pilot fly in a day? ›
Flight times within the duty periods are restricted to a maximum of 8 hours for flight crews consisting of one pilot and 10 hours for flight crews consisting of two pilots. The 8-hour and 10-hour flight time limitations include any additional commercial flying performed by the flight crew during the period.What is cheapest class in airline? ›
The economy class is used in the same way all around the world. To get the cheapest prices, travelers usually book economy class tickets in advance.
Private planes offer more individualized amenities to offer passengers than first-class flights. First-class may be much more affordable than a private jet if you fly overseas. Flying first-class is generally less expensive than buying a seat on a charter jet if you fly alone.What does 1st class look like on a plane? ›
Benefits of Flying in First Class
And, of course, on board, they often get extra legroom, a wider seat with a more exaggerated recline, a blanket and a pillow, a plush amenity kit, beverage service that includes alcohol, and better food (and more of it).
Tipping has no place in our work.” Nelson says she appreciates the sentiment of the question, but says tips just aren't the way to go if you want to acknowledge your cabin crew. “Our jobs are harder than ever,” she says. “If you'd like to thank your flight attendants, bring a smile or some chocolate.Is alcohol free in first class? ›
Yes, international and domestic first class passengers have access to complimentary drinks such as wine, beer and spirits.Is there an age limit to fly first class? ›
All the major airlines allow infants (there's no age restriction) to fly in first class when accompanied by an adult.What is the cheapest day to fly? ›
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly domestically.
- Saturday and Monday flights can help you avoid the Sunday rush.
- Wednesdays and Thursdays are the cheapest day to fly internationally.
- Book one to three months in advance.
- Set a price alert.
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The most affordable airline was Spirit, while the most expensive was Envoy Air. “In terms of affordability, the ranking is pretty straightforward. Spirit had the lowest prices, while Envoy had the highest,” says Gonzalez.Who pays for airports in the US? ›
Airports are locally owned and operated.
All but one U.S. commercial airport are owned and operated by public entities, including local, regional or state authorities with the power to issue bonds to finance some of their capital needs.
Passengers wait in the immediate area of each gate to board the plane. Gates are rented by each airline from the airport authority, and some airlines may rent a whole terminal building in their "hub" airport, in which case the rental fee alone can run into the millions of dollars.
Local funding is often provided through a general fund allocation and other local sources may be available. Local funding will vary depending on how the airport is owned and operated. However, local funding is generally provided through tax revenue and usage fees collected by the sponsor or airport operator.Do airlines pay for terminals? ›
Airport charges are paid by airlines for the use of airport facilities. They include aircraft landing, freight and other charges related to the use of airport infrastructure such as runways and passenger terminals.Does everyone who works at an airport get free flights? ›
Free tickets are available on flights the airline you work for operate as well as ones you don't. What most airlines do is arrange with each other to offer seats on aircraft that are not full to other airline's employees.How much do airport workers get paid in USA? ›
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- Right to free speech. ...
- Freedom from search and seizure. ...
- Freedom of expression. ...
- The right to travel with the pet of your choice. ...
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The airline handles and pays for accommodations for crewmembers when they are on a trip. Many pilots do not live where they are based and choose to commute. Generally, if pilots need to travel and stay away from home when they are not on a trip, they are responsible for their own accommodations.How much do pilots make? ›
A short answer is the average airline pilot salary for 2022 was $225,740, but keep reading to learn how to earn at the very top! The average (mean) salary in 2022 was $225,740, and the median salary was $211,790. The average is up from $198,190 in 2021.Do airports let you pay in cash? ›
Convert cash to credit
Cash is not accepted as a form of payment in our U.S. airport locations. Most of our domestic airport lobbies feature ReadySTATION kiosks. If you wish to pay for flights, fees or services, you can convert cash to a prepaid debit card at a ReadySTATION kiosk for a fee of $5.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports.How do airports make money? ›
Aeronautical revenue comprises the majority of airport income and includes airline terminal space rentals, airline landing fees, and usage fees for terminals, gates, services, and passenger counts.
Some of the largest airports not only allow sleeping for tired travelers, but they endeavor to make downtime as comfortable as possible by providing designated rest zones with appropriate furniture available free of charge.How much does it cost to fly a plane per hour? ›
According to Simple Flying, airlines spend an average of $8,916 per block hour for passenger air carriers, and $28,744 for all-cargo air carriers. These costs include fuel, maintenance, crew salaries, and other expenses. However, the cost of flying a commercial plane is not just about the airlines.