10 August 2007
Meddling in airline advertising
Rob Fisher

I noticed this story on the front page of someone else’s newspaper on the tube today.  The Office of Fair Trading wants airlines to include “taxes, fuel fees and other charges” in their advertised prices.

They should definitely announce the taxes loudly and boldly.  It’s always good to make people very aware of how much tax they’re paying.  I’m not sure I understand “fuel fees”, though, any more than I would tomato sauce fees when buying baked beans.  The point seems somewhat moot anyway, given that airlines always tell you the total price before you agree to fly.  Unless the government back-dates a tax that is…

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