Call to clamp down on excess baggage charges
26 January 2009 07:43
Analysts unanimously agree that the advent of no-frills airlines has had a positive impact on the affordability of flights, but according to the Co-operative Travel Group there are also downsides.
While low-cost carriers are able to offer cheap deals to people who book early and are willing to travel at less convenient times, they are also keen to ratchet up extra fees wherever possible.
Alluding in particular to the difficulties facing holidaymakers with young children, Ms Evans said: "Some airlines have given people an extra allowance allowing them to take on buggies and pushchairs, but normally that was part of the parents' allowance."
She added: "It is a bit of a shame because obviously a holiday is a very nice thing for a family to look forward to … but it is a shame when they get to the airport and get stung by these baggage charges."
According to recent research, the average infant on holiday will require essential items weighing about 15 kg.