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Extra flight levy for air passengers

Airline passengers who have already paid for their tickets have been sent a demand for more money by Ryanair, as a result of the Government's doubling of passenger duty from Feb. 1 2006. The money must be paid by midnight on the day before the trip. Non-payers won't be able to fly, and there will be no refunds, according to a Ryanair spokeman.

The taxes will double as follows:

short flights, economy class, 5 --> 10
short flights, premium seat 10 --> 20
long flights, economy class 20 --> 40
long flights, business class 40 --> 80

Easyjet has sent similar demands to its passengers, but has not yet decided whether if will refund money to those who won't pay the surcharge.

Monarch has said it will refund money to those who won't pay the surcharge.

British Airways has decided not to impose the surcharge on those who have already paid for tickets.

The legal positiion appears to be that airlines have the right to ask for the surcharge and the right to refuse refunds.

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