Has anyone seen on Aer Lingus dot eye eee their special offers for flights to the UK? Most are for €3 - thats right, €3! So, I did a theoretical flight for 2 adults, destination to Edinburgh, on both Aer Lingus and Ryanair... here is what I found (Note: cheapest flight chosen on each carrier):
Depart Dublin Dec 7th (Tuesday)
Arrive back on Dec 10th (Friday)
Passengers Fare p.p. - €47.00
Taxes & Charges altogether - €82.90
Max Handling Fee (excluding infants) p.p. = €4.00 - €8.00
Passengers Fare p.p. - €40.16
Taxes & Charges Cost altogether - €71.10
Max Handling Fee (excluding infants) inluded
Because the flight back is on a Friday, it costs more with EACH carrier. Still, thats a €60 difference between the two! That could almost be another flight on Ryanair!!!
What I don't understand is what the extra charges are for with Aer Lingus. Its very misleading to think you'll get flights for a few euro's and some tax, but to have 2 tax levies, and the standard one more than your competitor, beggars belief.
Also, you don't know it until you select flights that the €3 flights are only on Tuesday's Wednesday's and Thursday's flying out.
Aren't all flight carriers paying the same duty/airport taxes rates?
Aer Lingus is NOT value for money in my opinion.