Legal challenge over airline baggage fees


The Malaga public prosecution office is preparing a case against a number of airlines that operate to and from ...


The Malaga public prosecution office is preparing a case against a number of airlines that operate to and from the city, including easyJet, Jet2, Flybe and Ryanair.

A report in the English language newspaper Sur claims that the office is compiling a list of those airlines which impose a fee to check in luggage, as well as those who charge passengers to issue a boarding card. It is thought that between 15 and 20 airlines would be affected.

Its case makes reference to the Air Navigation Law of 1960, which states that airlines are obliged to carry a passenger_s luggage, together with the passenger, as part of the price of the flight ticket.

The cost of checking in luggage on board low-cost airlines has increased dramatically during recent years. Ryanair recently temporarily increased its charge to __40 per person per flight on selected services until the end of September. It charges passengers between __15 and __30 per person per flight outside of peak periods for travel.

easyJet levies baggage charges of up to __31 per person for a return flight, Flybe charges between __10 and __31, depending on the size of the bag, and Jet2.com charges up to __30.

Last week Telegraph Travel reported that the total revenue airlines received from _extras_ such as baggage charges rose by 66 per cent in the last two years.
Airlines around the world took an estimated __18.23 billion (__14.23 bn) in _ancillary revenue_ during 2011, up from just over __15 billion (__11.7 bn) in 2010 and __11 billion (__8.6 bn) in 2009.

The annual study by IdeaWorksCompany, an aviation consultancy, and Amadeus, a travel technology provider, also highlighted those airlines which received the most in extras
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Low-cost rivals Ryanair, which last month temporarily raised its charges for checking in a bag, and easyJet, were both among the 10 highest earners, along with six US carriers: United Continental, Delta, American Airlines, US Airways, Alaska Air Group and Southwest Airlines.

By Oliver Smith

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