Late bookers given a helping hand to avoid being stung by extra flight charges

Date: 06 August 2013

Anyone looking to book last minute flights this summer can easily check the extra charges they might have to pay on top of their ticket, thanks to the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) airline and airport comparison tables.

Offering easily comparable information on extra charges for airlines and UK airports, the online tables have been fully updated in time for the peak summer season – meaning UK passengers have access to the very latest information about the full cost of their flight.

Covering the top 21 airlines operating in the UK, the CAA’s airline fees and charges comparison table helps passengers see how much airlines charge for services such as allocated seating, in-flight meals and hold baggage. It means passengers can choose the flight that suits them best, safe in the knowledge they are fully aware of the additional costs they may have to pay.

In addition, the CAA’s airport fees and charges table includes information about the charges passengers might have to pay when using the UK’s airports such as airport development fees and optional charges for services like express security lanes.

Sandra Webber, Director of Consumer Support at the CAA, said:
“Over 20 million passengers are set to use the UK’s airports this month, flying to a wide range of destinations for business, leisure or to visit friends and relatives. This diversity is one of the UK aviation market’s major strengths, but if passengers are to really benefit from this choice they must have the full picture about the potential cost of their flight.

“Our two fees and charges comparison tables mean UK passengers can now be fully aware of any charges they may face right from the moment they plan their flight, to the moment they take-off.”

The airline fees and charges comparison table was first launched in 2012 and has now been fully updated to include comprehensive information about the different fees and charges applied by the top 21 airlines flying out of the UK. The airport fees and charges comparison table provides a similar service, offering passengers information about compulsory and optional charges at the 30 major UK airports.

Where fees and charges are not optional extras but unavoidable, like fuel surcharges, they must by law be included in the price of the ticket at the start of the booking process and therefore clear to consumers. The CAA continues to work to make sure airlines and travel companies display prices to consumers correctly.

To view both the airline and airport comparison tables and get more advice on travelling by air, please visit the CAA’s online passenger portal.

For more information, please contact the CAA Press Office, on press.office@caa.co.uk, or 020 7453 6030. You can also follow the CAA on Twitter at @UK_CAA.

Notes to editors
1. The airline fees and charges comparison table includes information on the optional fees and charges applied by the top airlines operating in the UK, based on scheduled flight numbers.
2. The airport comparison table covers 30 UK airports, all of which were consulted before the table’s initial publication.
3. The CAA publishes this table to help passengers compare different options before booking. It does not endorse the fees charged by airports or airlines.
4. The CAA reviews and publishes updated versions of both the airline and airport comparison tables quarterly. It has also committed to actioning requests for amendments within three working days
5. The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy.