Budget airlines' extra charges 'could end'European Commission 'could stop' drip pricing

13 May 2011

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Credit and debit card fees are among the worst airline charges

The European Commission could move to put a stop to airline extra charges, according to reports.

According to some newspapers, Labour MEP Brian Simpson has written to the Vice President of the European Commission asking for an end to the sneaky charges for which budget airlines have become notorious.

The move comes soon after Ryanair imposed a compulsory 2 levy per passenger. Ryanair claim this levy covers compensation costs for potential disruption to their flights, which airlines are obliged to pay to passengers under European law.

However, Which? has found that unavoidable fees can mean that the fare you see initially when booking a flight can take to the skies - with recent research showing some fares could increase almost ten times once extras like taxes and check-in fees had been factored in.

Which? card charges supercomplaint

Which? has submitted a supercomplaint to the Office of Fair Trading to try to end the most unfair fee of all - the card surcharge. 

When we researched card surcharges earlier this year, we found that companies were levying fees that went well beyond the cost of processing payments - with Ryanair charging £40 in fees for a return flight for a family of four - when our estimated cost of processing a debit card payment is no more than 20p. If you've been hit by unfair 'booking fees', 'handling fees' or 'transaction fees', pledge your support to our campaign to end budget airline surcharges.

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