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Airlines' luggage surcharges are legal, says European court

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Airlines are within their rights to charge a supplement to customers checking-in their luggage, a court has ruled.

 

 

The European Court of Justice ruled that airlines faced extra costs storing and processing checked-in luggage.

 

 

But it added that hand baggage was necessary for passengers and should not face a price supplement.

 

 

The decision is a boost to low-cost carriers that have made optional charges key to their business models.

 

 

The court upheld a challenge by Spanish budget carrier Vueling Airlines against a Spanish law that prohibits airlines from making people pay for putting their suitcases in the aircraft's hold.

 

 

The airline was given a 3,000 euro (£2,362) penalty by authorities in Spain for adding 40 euros to the basic price of four tickets bought by one passenger for return tickets between La Coruna in Spain to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

 

 

A Spanish court referred the case to Luxembourg to see if it complied with EU law on pricing freedom.

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29253383

 

 

 

 

Huge blow for passengers as EU's top court rules budget airlines CAN charge travellers extra for checked luggage

 

 

  • Court said checked-in baggage is not considered 'compulsory or necessary’
  • Vueling Airlines challenged Spanish law that prohibits extra fees
  • Court of Justice ruled the law is in breach of European Union rules

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2760637/Victory-Ryanair-easyJet-EU-s-court-rules-budget-airlines-CAN-charge-passengers-extra-checked-luggage.html

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By the time you have added all the charges on, you might just as well use a regular airline !


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