The competent Italian authority said yesterday that it would sue low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air for not suspending the controversial new payment policy. the competition in Italy, the Antitrust, "decided to initiate a procedure for non-compliance" with its decision against the Irish and Hungarian companies of last week, said in a statement. The Antimonopoly has asked both companies to suspend their new luggage baggage policy. "The demand for a supplement to an essential element of the air transport contract, transportation, offers a false representation of the real price of the ticket and prevents the comparison of tariffs with other companies, deceiving the consumer," explained the Antimonopoly on October 31. The two companies Ryanair and Wizz Air have decided to allow only a small bag that can be placed under the seat, which led first to consumer associations to take advantage of the case, then Antitrust. A Spanish consumer association, Facua, also protested in August to the authorities in his country. Ryanair announced the measure on August 24, saying it wanted to reduce shipment delays. Like Wizz Air, it has been applying it since November 1. This policy can generate additional revenues and reduce fuel costs, critical elements in a low-cost airline business model. (Belgian)
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