Calls for a new EU carbon and aviation tax

The suggestion has not been greeted favourably by the domestic market. Fred Roeder, managing director of the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), says that such a move would limit passenger choice and burden consumers from all over the EU with a new tax. “The Netherlands seem to flip-flop on whether consumers should be burdened with a […]

Dutch Plan for a European Air Passenger Levy is a Punch in the Face of European Consumers

February 8th, 2018 – Today the Dutch government released a paper suggesting an EU-wide passenger levy on flights. It suggests the next EU Commission should work on a Europe-wide tax on commercial flights. Fred Roeder, Managing Director of the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), is alarmed by this move limiting passenger choice and burdening consumers from all over […]

Alitalia bridge loan

TRAVEL DAILY: THE Italian Govt is discussing plans to extend a 900m bridge loan to Alitalia, a move consumer advocate Consumer Choice Center said would “hurt consumers”.

Monthly update: October 2018

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET CAMPAIGN On 10 October, the CCC’s Luca Bertoletti and Bill Wirtz handed the Consumer Choice Center’s Digital Single Market research paper to the European Commission’s Head of E-Commerce. TESTIMONY ON ONTARIO’S CANNABIS RULES On 12 October, the CCC’s David Clement testified at the Ontario Standing Committee on Social Policy to provide comments on Bill 36, the province’s cannabis regulations. CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING […]

Verbraucherschutz treibt manchmal seltsame Blüten

Die EU hat Einzelhändlern verboten, Kreditkartengebühren von Verbrauchern zu verlangen. Eine solche Regulierung kann sinnvoll sein, aber auch das Gegenteil bewirken – wie das Beispiel Fluggebühren zeigt. Seit Januar dieses Jahres sind Kreditkartengebühren durch eine Richtlinie der Europäischen Union verboten. Das ist zumindest das, was in den Zeitungen stand, obwohl die eigentliche Geschichte in Wirklichkeit etwas komplizierter ist. […]

Delta Airlines increases its fee for checked baggage

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: “With more competition among airlines for routes and flyers, consumers, on the whole, are seeing a great trend in cheaper tickets,” Yaël Ossowski, deputy director of the Consumer Choice Center, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., told ConsumerAffairs. “But that means airlines are having to bump up prices for checked luggage […]

Senators receive award for trying to make flying more expensive

FLYERTALK: The Consumer Choice Center has awarded two senators with a sarcastic Bureau of Nannyism Award (BAN) for their attempts to re-regulate the air travel industry and make flights more expensive. Two senators have been recognized by the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), a global consumer rights body, for their efforts in making air travel more costly. Senators Edward […]

Governments are going after airline and credit card fees: why that will cost us more than it saves

You could think of add-on fees this way: they aren’t fees, they’re opt-outs. Be it credit card fees or extra fees on airlines, politicians are trying to crack down on extra charges in the name of protecting the consumer. In reality, they do quite the opposite. The European Union Banned Credit Card Fees Since January […]

Price controls on checked bag fees will not make flying cheaper

The cheapest return flight from New York to Los Angeles is five times lower today than it was back in the 1970s, when airfares were regulated by the Civil Aeronautics Board. Despite this massive decrease in fares and increase in consumer choice, some politicians are planning to re-regulate the U.S. airline industry and go back […]

Sens. Markey, Blumenthal receive Consumer Choice Center BAN Award for trying to make flying more expensive

U.S. Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) receive the September 2018 BAN Award for proposing to make flying more expensive by re-regulating the airline industry and forbidding certain fees for better service and options on flights. The U.S. Senate’s version of the FAA reauthorization bill includes a provision authored by U.S. Senators Markey and Blumenthal […]

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