50% of Your Air Ticket Price in Pakistan is Just Tax

It might surprise you to hear that on every ticket you book, around half of the amount is tax. So if you’re booking a Karachi-Islamabad flight and it costs Rs 6,500, around Rs 3,250 goes to the airliner while the other half is just tax amount.

In the case of Pakistan, and our national airline PIA, the air fare mostly consists of fixed taxes applicable to each and every local or international flight.

What is shocking is that these taxes contribute to almost half of the air ticket you pay for. In the case of PIA, which has reduced local flight charges, taxed amount can even reach higher than 50% in some cases.

To give you a general idea of how an air ticket fare is calculated with regards to most Pakistani airlines, here’s the break down of taxes and charges applicable on each and every local flight:

  • Security Charge – PKR 100.00
  • Government Airport Tax – PKR 20.00
  • Embarkation Fee Pakistan – PKR 500.00
  • Excise Duty Pakistan –     PKR 2,500.00
  • Advance Tax –  PKR 390.00 (about 4% depending on flight)
  • Total Charge – PKR 3,510

This excessive taxation starts to make less sense when you consider that air travel is not a luxury, at least not in Pakistan. For many people, whether it’s business or personal matters, it’s a necessity. And then there’s the fact that you can get better services on buses these days and still end up paying less.

Now consider this, sometimes local flights cost as little as Rs. 6,000 for a one-way trip and each passenger, whether traveling via a private airline or PIA, ends up paying that much for an Economy Class trip which lacks any luxurious services.

These charges start at Rs. 1,500 to and go all the way up to Rs. 10,000.

People traveling from or to distant places across the country out of necessity are forced to pay these taxes regardless of their social or financial status.

If you travel in luxury e.g. First Class, Economy Plus, Business Class, etc. you end up paying higher fixed taxes regardless of the distance you are traveling.

International Flights

The issue isn’t limited to local flights. Even when traveling abroad, 30%-45% of your travel cost is just tax or CAA fees. This isn’t commonplace either as regionally, Pakistan is among the most expensive places from which you can travel. Compared to Dubai and Sri Lanka, Pakistan charges up to 150% more airfare taxes.

Final Words

Charging such a high amount of taxes on all flights makes little sense. To top it off, almost all of these charges are fixed and will still apply even if you are traveling short distances.

While such tactics make sense in Europe’s case, given their higher (and better) standard of service and economic stability, they make little sense for a country like Pakistan.

Air travel is already is limited to a certain class and the excess of taxes make sure that it isn’t affordable for the local commuters who want to reach their destinations on an urgent basis.

Considering the state of air travel and the diminishing revenues, the government should consider reducing these taxes for the relief of the people and to promote the aviation industry in the country.

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.


  • BADAR

    Oh acha hua bta diya humhe to pta hi nhi tha….

    • Muhammad Kamran

      Pro Pk ni article add karna tha, hum ni par k us ki rating bara di. and finally put some comments. That how Pro pk earning

      • BADAR

        Jab ap online tickets book krte hain na to sub likha ata hai billing mein, lagta hai Propakistani walon ne kabhi safar nhi kia PIA ka

  • Itna Tax Dete hai Phir Bhi Government Kehti hai Log Tax Nahi Dete :
    PKR : 3,510 Itne main to Pura Q Mobile A Jata hai

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Phir Govt ki quality b Q mobile jesi hi honi hai. Complain kis baat ki hai?

      • Kun Complain Kar Raha Hai : Bhai !
        Hum Ghareeb Tax Dene K Bad Bhi Ro Rahy Hai Bus Ye Kaha

        • Raja G

          tu mere bahe tyre ke sath latak jia ker tax bhe bach gae ga or hum pe propakistani pe aacche comments perhne ke qabal hojae ge

          • NA Raja G NA :
            Main Yaha ho Yaha ho Yaha : Kaisai Sarhaday Kaisay Majboria : Main Yaha ho Yaha ho Yaha Ho Yaha

      • Muhammed Ovais Alam

        Matlab k aap chah rhe ho 70-80% tax ho asal price ka.
        Baaqi govt issay bohat kam percent tax main bohat acha kaam kr rhi hain.

        Bas ye hai k wahan ‘baal’ aur ‘beghair rang birangi topi’ walay log PM bantay hain.

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          If you can’t understand humour you should stay out of it. What would be the benefit of higher rate of taxes when only salaried person will pay tax? Hardly few lacs of people pay tax in this country. Bring more people in tax net and lower down tax rates. Thats what I want.

          • Muhammed Ovais Alam

            Finding humour in that reply of yours is like finding a needle in a haystack.
            You talked like AH. kehta kuch hai aur baad main log kehtay hain k ‘maqsad’ falan tha us baat ka.

    • Hassam Tahir

      A person is only a active tax payer if he files a return. Regardless of how much he actually pays tax. A person could pay 1 million in tax and not file a tax return & will be considered a non-payer. A person could pay zero tax and file a tax return and will be considered a tax payer.

  • sohail

    how did he calculated

    • Check PIA Ticket at the time of Booking ask agent to show each details of amount :
      Shayad Bata De Warna Total He Batayega Ye Secrate Code hai ProPk ka

  • sohail

    if ticket cost is 40k for dubai than will be calculation

  • sohail

    so it should be in percentages

  • Sheldon Cooper

    Here is saudia, PIA staff are giving ticket for less then usual price (1200 return compared to 2200-2600 sar) but even the labor class doesn’t prefer PIA anymore. Pathetic staff, management and airline.
    Bought return tickets for pakistan for 1400 from Saudi airlines instead. PIA was a airline, now just a memory.

  • also whats with the sudden increase in fares of all airlines? specially on domestic routes, any idea?

  • Ahsan Sajjad

    A sudden jump in all airline fares has been observed since 4 days.
    Is there any authority to check and balance on Air fares?
    What was the need to double the price of all airline tickets?

  • Xahid

    Yep, Voice of every Pakistani heart :)

  • Fahad J

    same is with the electricity bill…

  • Danish Mughal

    KHI to LHR airfare = $80
    NYC to Washington = $64
    Istanbul to Antalya = $58
    Bangkok to Phuket = $21

    • Bilal

      Ah just phuket, complaining won’t lower the prices.

  • Government can generate more revenue by reducing these taxes which will allow more people to fly, at-lease on domestic flights.

    In Europe, tickets are sometimes cheaper as little as 10EUR (including all taxes) for 2 hours flight.

  • AbdulB1

    land of pure….