Ryanair is cashing in again

BUDGET airline Ryanair, which manages to upset both customers and the authorities regularly, in equal measures, has done it again!

The no-frills Irish company’s latest plan is to introduce two new charges from today (Friday).

And already, its reason for imposing a credit-card booking fee has been questioned by a regulator.

The airline said it was bringing in a 2% credit-card processing fee on all new bookings, to comply with a recent ruling by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

However, the OFT said: “We have not required any airline to introduce new payment charges, increase their credit-card charges, or scrap any discounts they wish to offer.

“We took action to make sure that debit-card charges are included in the headline price, and that credit-card charges are transparent and not sprung on shoppers towards the end of the booking process.”

Ryanair are also charging customers a £6 administration fee to cover the airline’s website costs.

The only exceptions will be bookings made using Ryanair’s “cash passport” scheme inIreland,GermanyandSpain, where administration fees can be avoided until early next year.

Ryanair has defended the move, insisting: “We will continue to deliver the lowest fares and a no-fuel surcharges guarantee to all our passengers.”

The spokesman added: “Passengers can avoid credit-card fees by paying with a debit card.”

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