Ba has said it will absorb any increase charges but as usual Ryaaaanair has warned passengers booked to fly to Spain this summer that they may face extra charges. It is thought the increased levies could lead to passengers being charged an additional £4 to £8 each
O’Leary said passengers who object would get a full refund: “You can of course reject that additional payment, cancel your flight and then not fly with us if you so wish. But we’re not going to be funding the Spanish government’s taxes.”
British Airways – which flies from London to Madrid and Barcelona – said it would absorb any increase, as it did on existing bookings when Air Passenger Duty was doubled.
The airline has emailed passengers due to fly from Spanish airports to warn them they face paying the cost of an increase in Spain’s airport fees, proposed in the country’s Budget.
The message says: “We may be forced to debit passengers for any government-imposed increases in airport charges prior to your travel date”.
The message cites its rule that says “if any such tax, fee or charge is introduced or increased after your reservation has been made you will be obliged to pay it (or any increase) prior to departure”.
Ryanair said Spain was proposing to double the departure tax on flights out of Madrid and Barcelona airports, and impose smaller increases elsewhere.
It is thought the increased levies could lead to passengers being charged an additional £4 to £8 each.