THE PLANE TRUTH; EXCLUSIVE How a 'Free' Flight REALLY Costs You EUR100 IRISH SUNDAY MIRROR INVESTIGATES RYANAIR THE LOW FARES AIRLINE
Byline: By JIM CLARKE
STRICT new EU rules will soon force airlines such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus to advertise the FULL cost of flights.
Currently, many airlines advertise the price of flights - but leave out expensive taxes and charges which can add up to many times the advertised ticket price.
From next year, all airlines will have to advertise "inclusive" prices for their flights, meaning the full final price the customer actually has to pay.
The Government has also decided that the National Consumer Agency, which includes Bertie Ahern's ex, Celia Larkin, and TV money guru, economist Eddie Hobbs, will oversee and enforce the new rules.
Transport Minister Noel Dempsey answered a question on air fares from Liz McManus saying: "There is a new Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for the operation of air services in the European Community.
"The Regulation aims to consolidate and update the existing common rules which were adopted in the early 1990s and liberalised the air transport market in Europe.
"The most significant new elements introduced through the new Regulation are the provisions concerning the transparency of pricing information for air services.
"Consumer protection issues falls within the remit of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and we have agreed in principle that the National Consumer Agency will be assigned responsibility for enforcing the new European rules.
"Legislation is currently being drawn up for this purpose and the NCA will have appropriate powers to effectively enforce these new rules."
The NCA board will oversee efforts to enforce the 'truth in advertising' rules.
RYANAIR is currently advertising one million free flights on routes including from Dublin to 13 British airports, plus Cork, Brussels and Nantes. …