Ryanair plans to start charging baggage between 6 and 10 euros from November. Their European flights have returned to the table discussion of the extra costs that airlines charge to their passengers.
A controversy that has two perspectives. On the one hand, there is the legal issue that needs to be decided by governments and judges, because some indictments are not legal in many countries. On the other hand, the reaction of travelers who begin to show signs of fatigue for this trade policy that converts air travel into a "installment payment".
If the buzzword is now in the tourism sector that "experiences" are sold, it seems that when traveling by plane for some time remained positive (especially in the lines low costs more aggressive).
But the announcement by Ryanair, the airline that sets trends in Europe, has also seen its replica in the US in recent weeks. United plans to take into account tourist seats at the front of the plane, Air Canada increases the billing costs in the warehouse with a first bag of $ 23 to $ 30, United raises it from $ 25 to $ 30, an amount that is similar to the increase that applies JetBue.
The excuse of the airlines this time, like other times, is to face the rise in oil prices. But the truth is that, with few exceptions, the fall in the price of kerosene never meant the reduction of these extra costs.
In Latin America, where low costs They radically changed the flight market by allowing many more citizens to use the aircraft and where Ryanair itself was involved in the launch of Viva Air (which is active in Colombia and Peru) or Vivaaerobus (in Mexico), the situation, without the extremes that in Europe, is the same. Increase the extra costs that are applied to travelers.
In the US alone, airlines generate $ 4,600 million for the collection of checked-in bags. These and other costs, such as reserving seats, meals, data changes or upgrades already generate 26.7 percent of the total revenue of US airlines. In 2000 they accounted for only 10 percent and in 2005 for 20 percent. Worldwide, companies generated $ 82,200 million with these tactics, according to IdeaWorks.
While the authorities of consumer protection and authorities are examining the legality of these business practices or not, the traveler only needs to use a tool to prevent surprises and payments of the last hour: the information. As we have seen in Trabber, where our goal is to enable the traveler to make a comparison of transparent prices, including the extra costs an airline can apply to the traveler, in many cases traveling in a traditional airline is cheaper.
And the cost of choosing a seat, even normal seats without extra space or another differential, or for checking the first suitcase are among the most irritating for travelers. The patience of the travelers could reach the limit, because according to our Barb Barber Extra Costs of 2018, 96 percent of customers think that more extra costs are charged each year. What happens if Ryanair charges between 6 and 10 euros for travel with a suitcase in the cabin of the aircraft?
Although the authorities check the legality or otherwise of these charges, the response of travelers to this initiative is the key. For example, American Airlines started with the possibility to transport a suitcase for free with the possibility of losing customers. Doug Parker, Chief Executive of American, told industry analysts that there are tools on the internet that allow travelers to check these costs as a reason to announce that from 5 September they will ease their baggage policy on domestic flights. USA.
The author is CEO of Trabber.es