Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy has called on the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to investigate recent price hikes by a number of airlines.
Deputy Troy made the comments following reports that airlines have hiked baggage fees in recent days.
“This move by airlines will undoubtedly have an impact on our tourism sector. The increase in air travel costs will act as a disincentive for people who are planning to travel to Ireland. Ultimately it will put unnecessary pressure on job creation in the tourism sector,” said Deputy Troy.
“The airline industry continually pointed out that the Air Travel Tax was causing damage to tourism, but now they themselves are significantly hiking their fees. It’s a blatant rip off.
“Families who are travelling abroad on holiday in the coming weeks are set to pay significantly higher baggage fees as a result of these price hikes. There’s no justification for the increase in fees and it seems airlines are just attempting to take advantage of the busy summer tourism season.
“I’m calling on the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to investigate these price hikes. I welcome today’s decision by Ryanair to cut baggage fees, this is the exception to the recent trend of price hikes. Other airlines should follow suit,” said Deputy Troy.