Ryanair passengers travelling with an under-12 must pay for reserved seat
Northern Ireland's Consumer Council is advising consumers to be aware of additional airline charges, following Ryanair’s announcement that passengers travelling with a young child will have to pay extra for a reserved seat.
Under the low-cost carrier's existing rules all passengers can choose to save money by having their seats randomly allocated.
But the Dublin-based airline said this has led to "boarding issues" as crews try to re-seat adults and children who have been separated.
From September 1 adults travelling with children under 12-years-old will have to purchase a reserved seat.
A standard reserved seat costs £4/€4 per flight, according to Ryanair's website.
Children under 12 will receive a reserved seat free of charge.
Jenny Robinson, Senior Policy Officer at the Consumer Council said “If you are planning to book a flight it is important to be aware that some airlines have additional charges for a range of extra services including seat reservations, checked baggage and credit card use.
“Our advice to passengers is to check additional charges before booking your flight and to shop around for the best overall deal. To help passengers, we have listed the additional charges applied to the flights of each airline operating in Northern Ireland in a useful ‘Airline Additional Charges Table’, which is available online at www.consumercouncil.org.uk.”
Ryanair's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: " Ryanair is Europe's number one airline for families and this summer all customers are enjoying fares that are 10% lower than last year.
"That's a four euro (£3.37) saving on every flight and these changes will allow parents to save another four euros for every one of their children travelling together.
"It will also allow families to select their preferred seats at the time of booking, check-in for their flights up to 30 days prior to departure and fly safe in the knowledge that they are getting Europe's lowest air fares, while ensuring that they always sit with their children.
"This will also prevent other customers who have chosen to purchase a seat of their own from being displaced on board."
Any passenger who wants to know more about their passenger rights can contact the Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022 or visit consumercouncil.org.uk.
Independent News Service