Budget airline Ryanair has been accused of being “puerile and childish” over its payment policy by business watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
OFT chief executive John Fingleton, attacked the company for fees that Ryanair adds when customers use all but one type of credit card to pay online.
He told the Independent newspaper that the firm used a legal loophole to justify charging the extra fee.
“A Ryanair plane was forced to land in Germany after a passenger had an allergic reaction to mushroom soup.”
“Passengers on a Ryanair flight said Tuesday they thought they were going to die when the low-cost jet plunged 8,000 metres (26,400 feet) after a sudden loss of cabin pressure over France.”
“Ryanair is to cancel thousands of its own customers’ bookings after they were made through internet travel agents whose activities it says are illegal.
The airline is targeting price comparison websites on which you can buy Ryanair flights without having to go directly to the Irish firm’s site. ”
“No-frills airline Ryanair said Thursday it will withdraw nearly a third of its aircraft from its major London base and suspend operations at seven other European airports because of sky-high fuel costs and its failure to negotiate lower airport fees.”
“RYANAIR is to allow mobile-phone calls on some of its flights. If approval is given by regulators, Europe’s biggest budget airline will run trials on ten planes from the end of the month. So far, so normal. But what’s strange here is that Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s boss, told the Mail on Sunday that his airline would not take a cut from the call charges.”
“JetBlue Airways, which made its name providing free television and leather seats on its flights, started charging passengers for pillows on Monday, marking the latest attempt by struggling airlines to claw back some of the cost of high fuel prices.
JetBlue said it will no longer provide pillows, but passengers on flights longer than two hours can buy a pillow and blanket kit for USD$7, which the airline is touting as healthy and eco-friendly.”
“Ryanair has commenced copyright infringement proceedings against Bravofly before the Commercial Court, Dublin, to prevent it from using Ryanair’s booking engine to sell flights online. Bravofly, a Dutch-based business with offices in Dublin, Switzerland and Italy, is allegedly practising the subtle skill of screenscraping, contrary to the published terms for the website’s use.”
“easyJet has confirmed that Expedia is not the only online travel firm to have felt the airline’s wrath ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ it has also fired off letters to several other UK websites warning them to stop selling its flights.”
“EasyJet is expected to break from the rest of Britain’s airlines today and support plans that would replace taxes on passengers with a tax levied on aircraft.”
“European budget carrier Ryanair has taken its cheeky reputation to new levels, with chief executive officer Michael O’Leary suggesting business class passengers would receive free oral sex on flights.”