EU considers "one flight, one price" rules for budget airlines
Holy moly - could it be true? The Daily Mirror has reported the EU is considering reforms that could force airlines to advertise an up-front price for their seats, instead of one that is subsequently compounded by tax, fees and levys.
European Commission vice-president Siim Kallas is said to be reviewing air passenger rights and introducing fairer industry practices, after demands by the chairman of the powerful EU transport committee, Brian Simpson:
“Passengers are being ripped off by a seemingly endless list of charges that airlines add to the prices they advertise.
"Airlines are making millions by forcing holidaymakers to pay one fee to use credit and debit cards, pay another amount for taxes and fuel surcharges."
It's claimed that Ryanair's introduction of a compensation levy sparked calls for changes to be made, although we'd suggest they took a look at Jet2's shoddy handling of flight bookings before laying all the blame at the door of Skymarshall O'Leary. Can a "one flight, one price" policy ever work?