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Ryanair doesn’t plan to include Riga Airport's new security charge into its ticket prices

Alla Petrova, BC, Riga, 29.12.2011.Print version
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair not only does not plan to include the Riga Airport's new security charge into its ticket prices, it also does not intend to inform its passengers about it, who therefore will have to pay the security charge of EUR 7 upon leaving Riga.

Riga International Airport board member Aldis Murnieks told a press conference today that this could not be truly considered a conflict. Nevertheless, since Ryanair is not planning to collect the Riga Airport's new security charge itself, this will have to be done by the airport. Initially, there will be three locations at the airport where passengers will be able to pay the security charge and receive a coupon that they will have to present upon boarding. New solutions will be introduced in the future, including the option to pay the charge via the Internet, reports LETA.


Ryanair passengers are now requested to arrive at the airport 2.5 hours before their flight so they would have enough time to settle the procedure. The airport will have special booklets printed for Ryanair passengers, informing them about the new procedure.


Murnieks said that there were airports whose security charges were included in the cost of Ryanair tickets.


Nevertheless, the airport believes that eight out of ten passengers will not even notice the new security charging procedure, because the other airlines that operate flights to and from Riga have included the charge in their ticket prices.


As reported, this past October, the Cabinet of Ministers accepted a proposal to introduce security fees at Riga International Airport, stipulating that EUR 6.5 (LVL 4.54) to EUR 7 (LVL 4.89) would have to be paid for each passenger.


The Transport Ministry previously pointed out that such fees are adequate to the required security measures that must be ensured by the airport.

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