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The British Are Coming
-UK Airlines face Review Over Junk Fees
June 23 , 2016

British air travelers would be happy to know they are in a better position as compared to their American counterparts.

That’s because the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said last week it will carry out a full-scale investigation of airline fees this summer.

The CAA will examine the policy of several carriers on fees relating to checking in, the processing of changes to travelers’ names on documentation and the re-issuance of boarding passes.

The BBC reports that UK regulators will take action against air carriers that are found to be in violation of the Consumer Rights Act, intended to protect British consumers across a variety of industries.

Every airline in the UK will be reviewed to decide whether fees are presented in an “open and clear” way to prevent passengers being burdened with unexpected extra expenses.

How does that compare to the Yanks? The US airlines absolutely worship bait-and-switch advertising. They’re always attempting to chip away at a FlyersRights-backed 2011 rule by DOT requiring full fare advertising, including taxes and fees.

FlyersRights has been beating the drum for both reasonable regulation as well as disclosure of fees.

Our DOT Rulemaking petition is currently still pending – that caps and regulates change and cancellation fees on international flights.

Caveat Emptor

Recently, Senator Bob Menendez asked for an investigation into unfair and deceptive practices by US carriers for charging hundreds of dollars more for round-trip itineraries versus one-way fares on the exact same flights.

US airlines have also been criticized by lawmakers for continuing to impose steep surcharges on fuel despite falling oil prices.

[Br]Exit Row

Ryanair’s EU referendum “Brexit special” ad breaks bribery laws say Vote-Leave campaigners.
Budget airlines, EasyJet and Ryanair, fear being kicked out of EU airports and airspace – destroying business.
Today Britons decide whether to leave or stay in the European Union.
Skies Wide Open…For Now
Travel experts say the European “open skies” deal for UK airlines is at risk if the British vote to depart the EU, or Brexit.
That open skies deal, struck in 2007, makes it easy for US carriers to travel through the EU, as well as form alliances or partnerships with airlines in Europe for flight coverage.
American Airlines is seen as likeliest to take the biggest hit from any Brexit fallout, in part because of its large joint-venture with British Airways. Delta Air Lines, meanwhile, owns nearly half of British airline Virgin Atlantic. United doesn’t have a partner in the U.K. but still flies often to the nation.
In a post-  Brexit Europe, a more restrictive aviation environment would mean fewer flights from the UK to Europe and hence losing access to European airspace and airports, said Sir Richard Branson  founder of Virgin Group.

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