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Ryanair charges for printing boarding passes ruled illegal in Spain
17 January 2011 @ 14:49

Ryanair's charges for printing out boarding passes at the airport have been ruled illegal by a Spanish judge.

The no-frills airline had provoked anger among passengers for the charge, when they were introduced.

However the 40 euro (£34) charge was challenged in Barcelona. In Britain the charge is £40.

Judge Barbara Maria Cordoba Ardao, sitting at Commercial Court Number One in Barcelona, ruled the company was breaking international law by imposing the levy.

She ruled that responsibility for printing the boarding pass had always rested with the airline.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said last night that the Spanish ruling would have to be upheld in the European courts before it could be enforced at British airports.

Simon Evans, chief executive of the Air Transport Users Council added that most passengers using Ryanair in Britain were aware of the charge and printed their passes at home.

"The charges are part of the airline's strategy of stripping out costs."

A Ryanair spokesman, who said the airline would appeal, played down the significance of the ruling.

“Over 99.9% of Ryanair’s passengers used our web check in facility last year," he said.

"Seventy three million passengers this year can’t be wrong: checking in online from the comfort of your home and avoiding airport queues is clearly what passengers want, and Ryanair will defend their interest by appealing this decision.

"It is remarkable that a Spanish judge could possibly suggest that this agreement between Ryanair and its passengers was breaking international law.”

Source: The Telegraph



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Padraig said:
17 January 2011 @ 23:48

If only a Spanish Judge would be as quick to
condemn the activities of Spanish developers
who have conned thousands of euros from
customers and then not completed the properties.


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