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Italian Civil Aviation Authority Could Fine EasyJet And Wizz Air For Extra Seat Fees

Published on Aug 23 2021 2:00 PM in General Industry tagged: easyjet / Wizz Air / Airline Industry / ENAC / Italian Civil Aviation Authority

Italian Civil Aviation Authority Could Fine EasyJet And Wizz Air For Extra Seat Fees

Italy's civil aviation authority, ENAC, has said that it could fine budget carriers easyJet and Wizz Air for charging extra fees for seats assigned to adults accompanying minors and disabled people.

Allegations

It said in a statement that early checks showed the carriers had not yet upgraded their IT and operating systems to ensure customers were not charged extra when booking seats next to underage passengers or people with disabilities.

"EasyJet believes it acted in full compliance with the rules in force and that the launch of proceedings to fine it is totally groundless," the UK airline said in emailed comments.

Wizz Air did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

ENAC said it had opened proceedings to fine the two carriers up to 50,000 euros for each allegation, as well as Spanish low-cost airline Volotea.

With the summer holiday season at its peak in Italy, ENAC has urged all airlines operating in Italy to cancel seat surcharges for certain passengers.

Last week, ENAC announced measures against Ryanair over similar allegations.

News by Reuters, edited for Hospitality Ireland by Conor Farrelly. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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