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New €2 levy for Ryanair passengers

Budget airline Ryanair is to introduce a €2 (£1.76) levy per passenger for all bookings made from April 4.

The Irish no-frills carrier said the levy was to fund its costs under the EU261 European passenger compensation regulation.

Ryanair said that over the past year it has suffered costs of more than €100m (£87.8m).

It said these arose from more than 15,000 flight cancellations and more than 2.4m disrupted passengers, “with the majority of these claims arising in three periods during which Ryanair was prevented from flying by the failure/inaction of third parties”.

This included the spring 2010 Icelandic ash cloud crisis, the air traffic control (ATC) strikes in Europe last summer and the airport closures due to the bad weather before Christmas.

Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: “The EU261 regulations are clearly discriminatory in the way they are applied to airlines, by making airlines responsible for delays, cancellations and right of care expenses during force majeure (unforeseeable) events such as volcanic eruptions, the snow closure of airports and the frequent ATC strikes across Europe.”

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