We all knew we would have to pay for it eventually
Don't Ryanair already do this?
Doesn't Ryan Air already put a surcharge on tickets to cover any pay outs under EU regs? Think it's £1 per ticket and with 80 million people travelling each year with them a nice little earner.
Ryanair do already have an EU261 levy but they introduced that not long after the ash cloud, and as far as I know it was done to cover duty of care expenses during delays, not actual compensation.
>>Ryanair do already have an EU261 levy but they introduced that not long after the ash cloud, and as far as I know it was done to cover duty of care expenses during delays, not actual compensation.<<
As reported at the time by the Guardian, a Ryanair spokesman stated:
"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,"
Yes, the pax will always pay, at some point.
In the US, there is legislation to increase the TSA fee on each flight. IIRC, this will be per ticket, with one exception, if there is a layover of 4 hours, or more, the fee will be accessed again for the next flight. I took notice of this addition, as we normally build in longer layovers, where possible, to make connections more comfortable. I'd rather spend several hours in a lounge, than have to rush to my gate, if my arriving flight is delayed in any way. Guess that I will just buck up and be prepared to add a few $ to the price of my tickets.
Such is life.
We have already seen similar to the UK/EU price increase, where in certain cities, and states, the price of healthcare is added onto a restaurant bill, and the use of those funds is clearly stated.
Personally, I would fully expect any service provider, airline, restaurant, hotel, etc., to pass along increases in the cost of doing business. With airlines, for example, few are owned by the "state." They are businesses, and are in the business to make profits. If overhead increases, they just pass those increases on to the patrons. I am curious why some people seem surprised by this.
Its hardly news. Passengers are already paying. Its a simply a case of whether the airline be transparent like Ryanair, or hide it like other airlines. They are businesses, not charities and costs will be built into the price
Of course everyone will pay, I very much wouldn't put any stock in the DM number of 5 gbp though. Their source is obviously not credible if they don't want to name him or her. It's probably the reporter herself lol.
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Of course everyone will pay. Airlines are in business to make a profit. If they don't make a profit, they go out of business. If paying out compensation costs them money, they have to make up for it somehow. They try to cut down on delays as best they can, but they also increase fees where possible.
I think Ryanair are simply trying to make a point by levying a separate EU261/2004 surcharge (rather than absorbing the cost like other airlines do). Don't forget that this is the airline that levied a "wheelchair surcharge" on all tickets after it was told that it had to provide free assistance to disabled passengers (and I recall they were really jumping up and down and screaming "unfair" when they lost the court case brought against them by a disabled passenger who had been charged for special assistance)