Budget airlines in court battle over ticket prices

19th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 October 2005, BRUSSELS — Consumer Affairs Minister Freya van den Bossche is taking budget airlines Ryanair and Virgin to court in a bid to end spiralling extra charges imposed on plane tickets.

19 October 2005

BRUSSELS — Consumer Affairs Minister Freya van den Bossche is taking budget airlines Ryanair and Virgin to court in a bid to end spiralling extra charges imposed on plane tickets.

Van den Bossche said it is unacceptable that the airlines continue to place additional charges on top of normal ticket prices.

"It involves, for example, passing on the costs of airport taxes that sometimes amount to EUR 200," the minister told VRT radio on Wednesday.

The extra costs can also be incurred by online payments with a credit card despite the fact passengers have no other alternative with Ryanair and Virgin.

She also said charges for carrying baggage are absurd because very few passengers would travel without luggage.

However, Van den Bossche said due to the current high cost of oil, the airlines may pass fuel costs on to consumers under certain conditions.

Ryanair and Virigin were in the past fined for adding additional charges to ticket prices but have failed to amend their policies.

Van den Bossche is now demanding that both airlines disclose the total ticket at the time of sale.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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