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