PFCs

Our objective is to scrutinize every PFC in every ticket in a reasonable timeframe and deliver accurate results

WHAT IS IT?
The U.S. law permits airports to impose a fee of $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00, or $4.50 on boarding passengers. Such fees are to be used by the airports to fund FAA-approved airport improvement projects. The law requires the airlines and their agents to collect such fees. Air carriers may be subject to financial penalties for non-compliance.

PFC CASE STUDY 1- WHAT CAN GO WRONG?

THE CHALLENGE
Passenger is traveling a round trip from LAX to LHR with connecting flights. Here is the passenger itinerary:

LAX-DFW-MIA-LHR-JFK-ORD-LAS-LAX
How much PFC’s the airline should pay and to which airport?
The Rule: No more than four PFCs can be imposed on any round trip.
How would the airline distribute the four payments?
Option 1: Pay for the first four U.S airports in the itinerary (LAX,DFW,MIA,JFK)
Option 2: Pay for the last four U.S airports in the itinerary (MIA,JFK,ORD,LAS)
Both of those options are incorrect! This will cause a discrepancy between what is expected by the airline to pay vs. what was actually paid.
The correct method for this case: Based on the FAA rules, for a round trip with multiple segments, PFCs are collected for the first two and the last two PFC-approved airports (excluding the destination city because PFCs are only collected on enplanement cities).
Therefore PFC will be collected in the following airport: LAX, DFW, ORD, LAS.

PFC CASE STUDY 2- WHAT CAN GO WRONG- GDS AUTO PRICED TICKET?
Consider the following scenario: this ticket was booked in the U.S and priced automatically by Amadeus GDS. The PFC paid on this ticket, as seen in the screenshot below is for JFK only!

This is clearly an error! The correct way to pay the PFCs are:
LGA $4.5 MISSING, MCI $4.5 MISSING, JFK $4.5 OK
Conclusion: It is the airline’s responsibility to submit correct result even if the GDS was wrong. This ticket may cause enormous penalties for no reason.

JHEXAGON SOLUTION
Our objective is to scrutinize every tax and every PFC in every ticket in a reasonable timeframe and deliver correct result. This is a very difficult task to accomplish given the amount of taxes/PFCs and the complexity involved. From a technical point of view, dealing with millions of tickets and hundred of millions of taxes and PFCs requires not only state of the art machines but also a first class algorithm to deliver accurate results.

We analyze the evolution of the ticket (e.g, a ‘sale’ ticket becomes ‘exchange’ and later an ‘exchange of exchange’) and ensure that the taxes and PFCs were paid correctly with accordance to the definition of the U.S. authorities.

Today, we’re able to look at over five million tickets within less than five minutes! and show which tickets were underpaid and how much money the airline should have paid to avoid unnecessary penalties.