Conning air passengers

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The kings of extracting money in additional charges have to be the airlines. EU rules have altered some of the ways such as banning add-on prices behind very low fares but more needs to be done. Some add-ons can be avoided and others can’t
But the charge that really grates is the administration fee that no-frills airlines charge. We pay a credit card charge, we print our own boarding passes, we check-in online. What is an administration fee for? The only thing I can think of is to cover the costs of passing on taxes to the government. We are paying airlines to provide us with a service to fly on top of the ticket.
You don’t pay a fee to enter a train, a bus, a ship, a supermarket or a cinema. By and large airline admin fees are just another attempt to make us hand over more money to the airlines and there is nothing we can do about it other than not fly with them. Does the Office of Fair Trading investigate these charges? How can Ryanair’s £7 per person per flight admin charge compare to another airline that charges nothing. One airline obviously includes any internal charges into its fares and Ryanair – plus others – doesn’t. These airlines portray themselves as cheap alternatives but often aren’t.
Now the EU has said that all add-on fees must be clearly shown you would have thought everything would be transparent. Not in the real world. These admin fees cover a multitude of sins and its time the EU forced airlines to include them in the fare they offer. If the total cost of a flight is £100 but the headline fare offered is £40 there is something morally wrong and deceitful.

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