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More Ryanair charges
March 31st, 2011 by elisa

More charges for Ryanair passengers from the 4th April as the airline adds a €2 charge per passenger to cover the cost of cancellations and delays “outside of its control”.

The airline said the extra revenue will help it cover the extra €100 million costs it has incurred due to 15,000 flight cancellations and the compensation and legal expenses arising from a series of events. These include the disruption of the Icelandic volcano, snow closures of many EU airports last winter and over 15 days of national ATC summer strikes.

Ryanair said EU261 regulations, which leave airlines responsible for refunds, meals, hotels and phone calls during such events, was “unfair and discriminatory” and the expenses “cannot be loaded onto airlines without being passed on to passengers”.

However, it promised to reduce or drop the charge if the EU261 regulations are reformed.Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “When the EU261 regulations were first introduced, airlines were assured that they could recover the cost of these cancellations and delays from those parties who caused them.

“However the airlines have no right of recovery from Governments (when they close airspace), ATC unions (when they repeatedly walk off the job), or airports (who can’t even clear snow off their runways).

“It’s a crazy situation that travel insurance companies paid out nothing during the volcanic ash crisis last year (because it was an “Act of God”), yet the airlines were forced to pick up weeks of delays, cancellations, hotel and restaurant costs.

“While we regret the imposition of this €2 EU261 levy, the extraordinary costs which have been imposed on us by delays and cancellations under these discriminatory regulations must be recovered from passengers.”

What do you think to this additional cost? Is it fair, or is it just another charge to bump up the cost of the low-cost flights?

 


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