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Airline operators up direct debit flight booking fees in UK – report

Tuesday 21 July 2009 | 01:14 PM CET

A number of airlines have significantly increased the fees charged when UK customers book a flight using their debit cards, online news outlet dailymail.co.uk reports quoting recent research undertaken by a UK-based product-testing and consumer protection association.

According to the survey, one example is Irish low cost airline Ryanair, which currently charges 614 percent more for direct debit transactions than it did 18 months ago, when a direct debit booking was priced at GBP 0.70. Currently, the same operation is charged with GBP 5. Hungarian low-cost operator Wizz Air has also upped debit card booking fees from GBP 0.70 per person to GBP 4 per person, a 471 percent increase.

The same study also indicates that companies such as British Airways don’t levy any charges for debit card payments, while Virgin Atlantic has replaced the initial GBP 3 charge for direct debit bookings with a charge amounting to 1.3 percent of the total booking for credit card payments.

The study was carried out by UK-based product-testing company Which?

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