When we booked the flights a couple of months ago, a tax was applied (€23.00 per person) to the fare. This tax has now been removed since (1 November) here in Malta and from the stories I am hearing both by word of mouth and via the press, that Ryanair are not playing with a straight bat, by failing to return this tax when requested to do so. In another case I have heard that they are charging an administration fee of .......... you guessed it, €23.00 per person. If this last one is true, that Ryanair are charging customers for the collection and administration of taxes, I may have to question the legality of this move. I wonder if Ryanair would also charge it's staff for collecting income tax on behalf of the revenue?
I here that MEP Simon Busuttil is asking questions both of Ryanair and the Civil Aviation Authority about this matter.
I am going to reserve judgement at this stage, but you can rest assured, I will be asking Ryanair for a refund of €46.00 for the two of us, on my arrival at Malta airport today (Friday). I am not feeling optimistic. Watch this space for the next part of the saga.
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