Flight Centre founder Graham Turner has called out airlines on the ridiculous fuel ‘surcharges’, calling on airlines integrate such operating costs in ticket prices: “Fuel, like maintenance, taxes and labour costs, is obviously an integral component of air travel expense, so it is difficult to see why it should be treated as a separate surcharge.”
According to the News.com.au article, however, it may well be some easy populist rhetoric when the writing is already on the wall
“Federal Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs Chris Bowen has included airline fuel surcharges in new legislation that is cracking down on hidden costs.
Amendments to the Trade Practices Act will ban so-called component pricing, where the full cost is not disclosed in advertising.”
It’s about damn time.
In any case, it’s good to see Flight Centre putting its expertise in misleading and deceptive conduct to good use.