Ryanair Appeals Aviation Regulator's Decision to Approve 50% Check-in Desk Increase
Ryanair, Ireland’s largest airline, today (Wednesday, 21st May 2008) announced that it had filed a further legal challenge against a decision by the Aviation Regulator, to rubberstamp a 50% increase in check-in desk charges at Dublin Airport. The CAR, who is supposed to protect users and the travelling public, is allowing the DAA monopoly to double charge users for the same cost, given that airport users are already paying for check-in desk costs through excessive airport charges. The DAA monopoly has also announced another double charge for Self Service (check-in) Kiosks (SSKs), which Ryanair has said it will oppose.
The regulator admitted on national radio that the monopoly was double charging passengers but claimed his hands were tied because of an alleged loophole in the legislation. This is yet another example of a failed regulator who is in breach of his statutory duties to protect the reasonable interests of users. This regulator has repeatedly rubberstamped excessive and unjustified price increases by the airport monopoly he is supposed to regulate.
Ryanair’s Jim Callaghan said:
“It is regrettable that we have been forced to take yet another legal action against this inadequate regulator for another unlawful and untenable decision to rubberstamp a 50% increase in check-in desk charges – more than ten times the rate of inflation. Perhaps if this inadequate regulator started doing his job and protecting the interests of the travelling public instead of rubberstamping 50% price increases at Dublin, then airport users like Ryanair would not have to keep challenging his decisions.
“We will continue to sue this inadequate regulator as long has he continues to fail in his statutory duty to protect the interests of users and continues to rubberstamp 50% price increases by the DAA monopoly”.