In what is being described as “scandalous and opportunistic”, a group of British passengers were charged an unbelievable €7,560 to get home from war-stricken Brussels.
The one-way flight’s price tag has since gone viral on social media with a breakdown of €270 per person for a one way flight.
After the two major terror attacks yesterday, passengers were frantically trying to escape the City or continue their journey as the region is said to be extremely dangerous as a result of the recent attacks.
The group of travellers were trying to rearrange their flight and were told that an unbelievable hike of £214 would be added to their ticket to fly them back to the UK.
Outrage ensued on social media. One Manchester teacher claims:
“I can hardly believe how scandalous and opportunistic Ryanair are being given the unbelievable circumstances.”
Another lady from Leeds said:
“They should be bringing as many passengers home as possible.”
Ryanair released the following statement:
“This group of 28 passengers were travelling from Brussels Charleroi to Manchester tomorrow (Wednesday) at a fare of £20 each.
They arrived at the ticket desk in Brussels Charleroi this morning requesting to change their flight from Brussels Charleroi to today (Tuesday) and in common with all other passengers were offered this change at our change fee (£60) plus the upgrade to the available fare (£154) on this evening’s flight.
The reason for the upgrade is that there were only 28 seats remaining on this evening’s flight.
This group, declined to accept this change offer as is their right and we look forward to welcoming them on their scheduled flight from Brussels Charleroi tomorrow.
As of 1.30pm today, there only 12 seats remaining on this evening’s flight from Brussels Charleroi to Manchester as Ryanair has been prioritising free changes and transfers for passengers travelling on flights to and from Brussels Zaventem today and tomorrow.
We regret any inconvenience caused to this group but our priority today remains re-accommodating our disrupted Brussels Zaventem passengers, and all other passengers are free to avail of our change facility in the normal manner.”
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