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Which? welcomes airline ban on excessive bank charges

Consumer advocacy group Which? has welcomed news that excess bank charges incurred when buying aeroplane tickets online are to be included in the headline ticket price.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recently carried out a consumer law investigation, following which 12 airlines have agreed to make these extra expenses more upfront.

Furthermore, any additional credit card charges will now be easy for consumers to see when buying tickets.

Chief executive of Which? Peter Vicary-Smith revealed over 50,000 members of the public gave their support to the organisation's campaign to end these "rip-off surcharges".

He said he is pleased that the government has stuck to its original timetable to ban these excessive costs by the end of 2012.

"It's also important that credit card charges are clearly displayed throughout the booking process," the representative said, arguing the OFT should make every business abide by these steps rather than just one particular industry.

Airlines must not use the policy as an excuse to increase their fares, he added.

Jennifer Haines
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