Now it comes to the extra fees

25 euros for the suitcase, 20 euros for the new boarding pass: when flying, the fees can add up. The British government is now coming up with something against it.

A Ryanair Boeing 737.

Es are billions that the airlines earn with their special fees: Here a few euros for the suitcase, there a sandwich sold, sometimes the film on board costs money, and then the name on a ticket is changed – money always flows the airline, and the ticket has long been paid for.

The booking service provider Cartrawler has calculated that these extra fees bring the European airlines around 20 billion dollars in additional income. For every 100 euros that the airlines collect with tickets, there are an average of ten additional dollars in additional fees, which is around 20 dollars per passenger and flight. But that’s just the average. The additional fees can rise even further, especially for low-cost airlines. In the end, some passengers pay less for the ticket than for anything else.

Take Ryanair, for example: the baggage fees there have recently been reduced because passengers too often took hand luggage into the cabin in order to avoid extra charges. The overhead bins overflowed. Even today, however, passengers do not get under 25 euros per suitcase. Anyone who would like to have a boarding pass printed out at the airport pays 20 euros. And for a name change on the flight ticket, 160 euros can be charged.

But it’s not just the low-cost airlines. In the meantime, Lufthansa is also testing a long-haul tariff in which checked suitcases cost extra.

This annoys the British government. The Times newspaper and the Bloomberg news agency are now reporting unanimously: Transport Minister Elizabeth Sugg has a strategy drawn up on how airlines should make these charges more transparent in the future. “We will look for ways to expand and improve the information available so that passengers can make their flight decisions well-informed,” the minister was quoted as saying by the Bloomberg news agency.