IF your thoughts are drifting off to booking cheap flights to France, then just be on the look out for those extra fees and charges that can soon add up.
That is the warning from consumer watchdog Holiday Which? who say that despite changes in the law forcing airlines to include compulsory taxes and charges in their headline prices, budget airlines are devising new ways in which to levy extra fees on passengers.
Holiday Which? found Ryanair to be the worst offender, charging passengers £20 at the airport to check a bag into the hold and £4 simply to use the check-in desk, although the airline has said in the past it wants passengers to travel with just hand luggage and check-in online.
Monarch Airlines and bmibaby also charge £20 for checking a bag into the hold, while Flybe charges £18 and Easyjet £10, all the quoted prices were for return flights.
Lorna Cowan, editor of Holiday Which?, said: "We’re disappointed to see the major budget airlines are introducing charges for services that were once included in the full cost of the ticket. Ryanair’s charge to use its check-in desk is especially unfair. The only way to avoid this is not to check any luggage into the hold.
"Although the airlines view these services as optional, who would go on a week’s holiday without checking a bag into the hold? We would like to see airlines put a halt to these extra charges, who knows what they’ll be charging us for next."
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