Taxes, Fees and Charges

Porter’s advertised fares always include all taxes, fees and charges. When you book your flight through Porter directly, you can find a breakdown of taxes, fees and charges:

  • In the shopping cart during booking on flyporter.com
  • In your booking confirmation e-mail
  • In My Bookings receipt

Of course, you can also always contact us if you have any questions about your reservation.

Information on this page is provided for general information purposes only. Taxes, fees and charges are subject to change. Please refer to your purchase receipt for the detailed breakdown of your ticket cost.

As of: October 2016

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Base fare

Base fare is the one-way fare between two airports in Porter’s network, including non-stop, direct and connecting markets. Base fares are filed in two primary distribution channels, including:

  • Porter’s reservations system, which provides the same base fares to Porter’s website and Call Centre.
  • Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO), which provides fare data to Global Distribution Systems (GDS’s), accessed by travel agents and online travel agencies.

Airline surcharges

Porter may apply a surcharge, collectively called NAV and surcharges, which may include one or more of the following items:

Name Description
Nav Canada
  • Collected to cover fees paid to Nav Canada to operate terminal and enroute air navigation systems.
Peak Travel Surcharge
  • May be added to your fare total for travel on specific routes during peak travel dates or times.
  • Peak travel dates and premium are subject to change
Fuel Surcharge
  • May be added at any time without advanced notice
  • Charges vary depending on the price of airplane fuel
Insurance
  • May be added to your fare total for travel on select routes.
Terminal Improvement Fee
  • A Terminal Improvement Fee may be added for passengers departing from or connecting at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

The surcharges are usually put in place temporarily to offset unexpected rises in the operating costs.

Airport Fees

Many of the Canadian airports in Porter’s route network apply an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) for departing passengers. Porter collects these fees from passengers and remits them directly to the airports.

Airport AIF per departing passenger
Halifax (YHZ) $25
Moncton (YQM) $20
Mont Tremblant (YTM) $25
Montréal (YUL) $25
North Bay (YYB) None
Ottawa (YOW) $23
Quebec City (YQB) $33
Sault Ste. Marie (YAM) $20
St. John’s, NL (YYT) $30
Stephenville (YJT) $20
Sudbury (YSB) $25
Thunder Bay (YQT) None
Timmins (YTS) $10
Toronto (YTZ) $20
Windsor (YQG) $15

Government fees and taxes

Name Description
Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC)
The Canadian government charges the ATSC to fund security personnel and equipment:
  • $7.12 CAD for domestic flights,
  • $12.10 CAD for transborder flights originating in Canada
  • $12.71 CAD for transborder flights originating in the US.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
For all transborder flights for Canadian citizens and for transportation commencing in Canada, GST is applied to base fare, Nav and Surcharges, and ATSC charges.
For all Canadian domestic flights excluding Quebec, HST applies to base fare, Nav and Surcharges, AIF, and ATSC charges.
For all flights commencing in the province of Quebec, GST applies to base fare, Nav and Surcharges, AIF (in Quebec), and ATSC charges.
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
For all transborder flights, HST is applied to AIF charges.
For all Canadian domestic flights excluding Quebec, HST applies to base fare, Nav and Surcharges, AIF, and ATSC charges.
For all flights commencing in the province of Quebec, HST applies to AIF (excluding Quebec) charges.
Quebec Sales Tax (QST)
For all flights with transportation commencing in the province of Quebec, QST is applied to base fare, Nav and Surcharges, AIF (in Quebec), and ATSC charges.
US Agriculture Fee
The US government charges an agriculture inspection fee on all in-bound passengers of $3.96 USD.
US Immigration User Fee
For all transborder flights arriving in US, there is an Immigration User Fee of $7.00 USD charged per passenger.
US Sep 11th Security Fee
For all transborder flights departing the US, there is a Sep 11th Security Fee of $5.60 USD charged per passenger.
US Customs Processing Fee
Beginning November 5, 2011, for all transborder flights arriving in US, there is a Customs Processing Fee of $5.50 USD charged per passenger
US Segment Tax
For all transborder flights, a US Segment Tax of $4.00 USD is applied per passenger for US citizens.
The US segment tax is also charged to US citizens on Canadian domestic flights if travel occurs in the US buffer zone near the border between the two countries
US Transportation Tax
For all transborder flights, a US Transportation Tax is applied.
For US citizens, it is 7.5% of the base ticket price (including surcharges) per passenger.
For Canadian citizens, it is a flat rate of $17.80 USD per passenger.
Passenger Facility Charge (PFC)
Similar to the Airport Improvement Fee in Canada, US airports charge a $4.50 USD fee for all departing passengers.