Pow! Ryanair's O'Leary fights back against the OFT
When the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) got all loose-lipped and accused Ryanair's chief executive of "puerile" and "almost childish" behaviour, it was only a matter of time before the Sky Marshall replied. He's now sent his two page response to the OFT via the Independent, who originally conducted the interview with chief executive John Fingleton. Sky Marshall O'Leary accuses Johnny "the fingers" Fingleton of making "inappropriate and inaccurate comments" and "continuing and inappropriate bias" against Ryanair:
"The role of the OFT is not to subjectively comment on the pricing policies of airlines, but to identify and confirm whether those policies comply with legislation. Ryanair's pricing policies are fully compliant with current legislation."
That sounds like O'Leary admitting that yes, Ryanair is taking the piss concerning credit card fees, but only because they're allowed to - if the Office of Fair Trading sorted themselves out and closed the loophole then they wouldn't exploit it, now would they? The Sky Marshall then went on to blast Ryanair's competitors with both barrels, accusing the OFT of failing to take action concerning "three important consumer protection areas", namely:
- British Airways' "unfair and unjustified fuel levies"
- websites selling Ryanair tickets "at hidden and inflated prices"
- easyJet "continuing to offer travel insurance on an opt-out basis"
That's right! Sky Marshall O'Leary and Ryanair - the consumer champions! He's fighting for our rights and- hang on, he's still charging a fiver per person per flight for debit and credit card transactions. Sneaky. You almost had us for a moment, Sky Marshall.