Unfortunately I had to cancel my planned flight in June due to my sister suddenly being taken seriously ill. This resulted in claims being made to my Holiday Insurance company. I hadn’t known about this airport tax clause till my brother in law told me about it. When you claim refunds ,most airlines say that the ticket price is not refundable. They omit to tell you that the tax is!! The insurance companies don’t refund this to you, Its up to you to write to the airline. I have just received a cheque for £26 from Jet 2..Not a fortune but better in my bank than theirs?? I believe they make a fortune out of people who don’t bother!
“Why are airport taxes refundable?
Airport taxes are imposed by governments and local authorities. Airlines companies collect these taxes for the government. However, these taxes need only to be collected if a passenger effectively takes the flight.
If the passenger did not take his flight, whatever the reason may be, no taxes are to be levied.
Since the taxes were already paid at the time the passenger paid for his ticket, airlines keep the money for themselves.
The airline is under no obligation to systematically reimburse passenger with the amount of airport taxes they paid if passengers don’t actually claim it.”