Blue Islands Supports Change in Surcharge Ruling

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Blue Islands supports the OFT plans to change the law regarding excessive surcharges to airline passengers

The OFT yesterday released that they are going to ask the government to change the law to prohibit excessive surcharges for using debit and credit cards. As an airline that do not pass these charges onto customers, Blue Islands are in full support of the change.

The OFT estimate that UK consumers spent £300 million on payment surcharges throughout 2009 and this study doesn’t take into account the trend of increased charges by many airlines (in particular) over the last couple of years. The OFT believe there is a strong case for a change in the law so that the cost of using a debit card is always included in the headline price. The price you see from Blue Islands includes all taxes and charges and there are no surcharges to use credit or debit cards, no baggage or excess baggage charges and ticket changes are free, as standard.

Rob Veron, Managing Director of Blue Islands looks forward to the governments’ response,
“At Blue Islands we pride ourselves on being a brand that avoids stealth charges including excessive baggage fees, change fees charges, disproportionate card charges and even fuel surcharges simply to increase revenue. It has always been a key part of our brand values to maintain clear and honest pricing, literally the Blue Islands price you see is what you pay. We welcome this challenge to these charges by the OFT and look forward to seeing the industry follow our lead.”

To view the OFT press release click here

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