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Ryanair: Aer Lingus stops breaking ad laws - thanks to us

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Ryanair welcomed Aer Lingus' decision to comply with EU advertising laws and include its non-optional 7 euros admin fee in its advertised seat sale fares. Irish consumers can now see exactly how much more expensive Aer Lingus fares really are, said Ryanair.

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Aer Lingus in Ireland had wrongly advertised fares to Britain "from €20.99" and fares to Europe "from €39.99" without including its non-optional €7 admin fee – meaning Aer Lingus' lowest fares were actually €27.99 and €46.99. In the UK however, their advertised fare included the €7 admin fee, stated Ryanair.

The company also sadid that following complaints to the National Consumer Agency, Aer Lingus is now including its €7 admin fee within its €27.99 fares to Britain and €45.99 fares to Europe – which are more than double Ryanair's €12.99 and €19.99 seat sale fares. In fact, Ryanair passengers can book a return flight to Britain or a return flight to Europe for less than the price of a single flight with Aer Lingus.

"Aer Lingus has today stopped misleading Irish consumers with its false advertising and is now including its non-optional €7 admin fee within its fares (as it does in its UK advertising) – confirming they are more than double Ryanair's fares.

"Ryanair passengers can book their return flights to Britain or Europe for less than the price of a one-way Aer Lingus flight and with fares more than half the price, it's easy to see why 9m passengers chose Ryanair last month – the same amount it takes Aer Lingus a year to carry," said Ryanair's Robin Kiely.


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