Airline tickets, stop from 15 August to price increases for the disabled and families with minors sitting nearby: confirmation arrives
The requests of the Civil Aviation Authority (Enac) will be heard. In fact, the ban for airline companies to charge the “extra-costs”For parents to sit next to minors or accompanying children of people with disabilities or reduced mobility. And be careful to avoid the new obligation: there are penalties ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 euros.
“The measure”, explained theEnac to the Messenger, “Arises from the need to protect, on the one hand, the right to mobility for certain categories of passengers who need assistance throughout the entire duration of the journey, on the other hand by the need to ensure that flight operations take place in conditions of maximum safety, especially in an emergency situation “. “The assignment of nearby seats for these categories”, explains the Entity, “must not be configured as a service rendered in exchange for a price supplement, but must instead constitute a right”.
The decision of the body, headed by the president Luigi of Palma and the director Alessio Quaranta, arrives at the end of a verification of the admissibility of some low-cost airlines who ask for the payment of one additional fee, sometimes even higher than the cost of the ticket. “Divide families, fathers and mothers from children, disabled people from carers, by charging a surcharge as some low-cost companies would like, it is not going in the right direction ”, he had commented to Messenger the president of Pierluigi Di Palma.
The Tar of Lazio, after the appeal of Ryanair, had suspended the provision of theEnac on the additional costs for the allocation of seats for minors and disabled people, but, once the deadline has expired, the various companies are allowed to update their booking software. In fact, Ryanair had tried to make another appeal on 5 August, in order to move the deadline of the measure to September, but was rejected.
Therefore, from mid-August split, all companies operating in Italy have the obligation to adapt their digital reservation and seat assignment systems to guarantee this right to protect passengers. The provision protects minors between the ages of 2 and 12, as well as disabled customers. In the latter case, they must have a seat close to the parent or accompanying person and, if this is not possible, in the same row of seats, or no more than one row away from the accompanying person.