Image via WikipediaThese were the taxes I paid on a round-trip flight Phoenix-Toronto:
Surcharges 14.62 (probably an aviation fuel surcharge)
Canada Airport Improvement Fee 25.00 (Pearson)
U.S.A Transportation Tax 33.56
U.S Agriculture Fee 5.21
Air Travellers [sic] Security Charge 8.34
U.S Passenger Facility Charge 4.69
Canada Goods and Services Tax 1.25
September 11 Security Fee 2.61
U.S.A Immigration User Fee 7.29
Whenever possible, I fly out of Buffalo. Half the cost and hassle of Pearson.
The neat thing about being government is a company, like an airline, has to work really, really hard to provide a service the public will pay for. If you are government, you can just come along and slap on a revenue-producing tax willy-nilly. You don't have to be good, or competent, or anything. Same thing with taxes on gasoline.