May 16, 2022

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Italy can fine EasyJet and Wizz Air for an additional fee for accompanying and disabled minors

Italy can fine EasyJet and Wizz Air for an additional fee for accompanying and disabled minors

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) said it may fine low-cost airlines EasyJet and Wizz Air for charging extra for seats for accompanying minors and disabled adults.

In a statement on Friday, ENAC said initial checks showed airlines had not yet updated their computers and operating systems to ensure customers were not charged extra fees when booking seats alongside minor passengers or people with disabilities.

ENAC said it has opened a procedure to impose a fine of up to 50,000 euros on each accusation on the two companies, as well as Spain’s low-cost airline Volutia.

With the summer holiday season reaching its peak in Italy, ENAC urged all airlines operating in the country to waive extra seat fees for some passengers.

Earlier this week, ENAC announced action against Ryanair over similar allegations.

EasyJet and Wizz Air could not be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Stephen Geox. Editing in Spanish by Flora Gomez)

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