Low-cost airlines increase hidden charges by up to 166 per cent in a year

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Low-cost airlines increase hidden charges by up to 166 per cent in a year, hidden charges of budget airlinesPA


Low-cost airlines are charging families four times the advertised price of a flight once all the hidden charges have been added, a report has found.

Ryanair's fee for one piece of overweight hand luggage on a peak season flight to the Canary Islands has risen from £45 to £120 in the last year.

Jet2's maximum price for hold luggage on its longest routes has gone from £15.99 to £24.99 and Thomson has doubled the charge for pre-booked extra leg room taking it to £20 from £10.

The hike in prices has shown that hidden charges have increased by a whopping 166 per cent in a year with credit and debit charges, luggage costs and inflight extras like more leg room soaring.

It seems that budget airlines are renaming their charges to get round the ban on excessive surcharges to passengers paying with debit and credit cards, which will be enforced later this year.

The research on prices for hidden extras increasing was carried out by travelsupermarket.com and spokesman Bob Atkinson told The Sun: 'Airlines are always looking for ways to squeeze extra pounds from travellers.

'You must bear in mind add-on fees when booking,' he advised.

Booking charges with EasyJet have risen from £5.50 to £9 each, which it calls an 'admin fee'.

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