You see a cheap airfare and call the airline just to find out that, hey, there is this surcharge and that additional fee and lo, its not that cheap after all!
In Europe hidden extras behind cheap headline air ticket prices will have to be published under new European Union proposals. Airlines also face being banned for charging passengers different rates in different European countries.
The new laws are to come into force in autumn 2007 if they gain approval from MEPs and 25 national governments. The pricing proposals from EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot are designed to enable passengers to compare like-for-like prices by forcing airlines to include all charges – including airport, wheelchair, baggage fees and fuel surcharges – in the headline price.
Many budget airlines have come under fire for promoting low lead-in fares on their websites only for consumers to discover the rate they actually pay is far higher due to the imposition of various additional fees.
Barrot, due to outline extensive plans for liberalistion of Euroepan commercial aviation, reportedly said: “Too often passengers are confused by apparently attractive fares which turn out to be much higher at the moment of purchase.”
Yeah! Stop messing with us.