Aer Lingus baggage fees go up
Aer Lingus has announced that it is increasing its checked baggage fee for all short haul services from 8 May. Passengers can continue to pay for their baggage online up to two hours before departure.
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The Aer Lingus announcement follows Ryanair’s decision to increase its baggage charges.
New baggage kiosks, which will allow customers to check in their bags automatically, will be piloted in the coming months in Area 14 at Dublin Airport. Aer Lingus will be the first Irish airline to offer such a facility.
But the Consumers’ Association has criticised the move by Aer Lingus.
Chief Executive of the Consumers’ Association Dermot Jewell said the move was anti family and made a mockery of low fare claims by the airline.
He said that the vast majority of charges for people booking flights online were imposed in an anti consumer fashion and that every attempt to clarify the situation for consumers was failing.
Mr Jewell said the new charges highlight the lack of competition in the marketplace.
The Director of Corporate Affairs at Aer Lingus, Enda Corneille, said the charges were part of the short haul model, where customers are offered services which they can choose to pay for if they wish. He pointed out that passengers with no checked baggage would not pay the charges and encouraged those who need to bring extra luggage to check it in online.
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