Flybe introduces £3 surcharge, Ryanair charges €10 for best seats

Many airlines looking for ways to combat hike in oil prices

Flybe is adding a £3 surcharge per passenger starting immediately, for flights departing September 1 onwards.

Like other airlines, the carrier has had to deal with a “challenging” UK market and escalating oil prices.

Flybe said that their number of leisure travellers in February and March had dropped slightly but their business client trade, totalling almost half of Flybe’s passenger numbers at 45%, was “very resilient”.
Plans for the near future include the expansion of the Flybe brand acrosss Continental Europe.
Ryanair’s “best seats in the house” reservation fee being trialled for Gatwick-Dublin and Dublin-Malaga flights.

Meanwhile, following the news that EasyJet increased its debit card booking fee to £8, Ryanair is trialling a new £8.80 (€10) seat reservation fee on flights from Gatwick-Dublin and Dublin-Malaga. From this month passengers wishing to grab the best seats in the house – aka the two front rows or emergency-exit seats with more legroom, they’ll have to pay for the privilege.

“If it proves popular with passengers, then we will roll it out selectively on other Ryanair routes in the coming months,” the airline said.

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