Many larger airports (class Bravos) have a landing fee. What's the process for assessing and collecting the fees?

  1. How do these landing fees work with general aviation aircraft?
  2. Where can I find out what the fee will be? Is it published?
  3. How will I be charged the fee? (Pay before leaving the airport, bill sent to my home, etc.)
  4. Is the landing fee a flat rate or is it calculated based on aircraft weight or some other factor?
  5. I've heard that the landing fee is generally waived if you buy a few gallons of (overpriced) gas at an FBO, is that true?

Example scenario: I offer to take a friend up for a scenic flight. He lives very close to a moderately busy class B airport while my home airport and FBO is over an hour away from him. I offer to fly into the class B airport to pick him up and then drop him off at the end of the flight.


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Well, the short version is that there really isn't a standard (and this applies to small as well as large airports).

  • Some airport authorities charge fees that are billed through the FBO, some don't.
  • Some airport authorities bill you directly, some don't.
  • Normally you pay at the FBO before you leave.
  • Most of the FBO's set their own fees (although they may come from corporate).
  • Some FBO's don't charge any fees (although not very many these days).
  • Some FBO's waive some (or all) of their fees if you buy fuel, some don't.
  • Most FBO's charge a fee based on the size/class/weight of aircraft, some don't.

In short, call ahead to the FBO that you will be using and ask them what the fees are and whether or not any of them can be waived. They are used to this question and will have the information handy for you.

  • $\begingroup$ Some of the FBO's that have websites will list their prices there as well but I have found this to be a hit or miss case. $\endgroup$
    – Dave
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 22:19

There are some airports (such as the major ones in the NYC area) that have ridiculous landing fees even for small aircraft. I asked the Port Authority guy about this once and he said that they do it do discourage small aircraft from coming to their airport. They can't legally exclude small aircraft, but they can make their fees so ridiculous that no one other than an airline could afford it. Best I remember, it was around $200 back then and that was probably 20 years ago. I figure that if an airport charges a landing fee, they don't want you to come to their airport and I avoid them. If an airport does not waive the overnight parking fee if I refuel, I don't go to that airport either. As they say, "Vote with your wallet"...


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