Correct me if I’m wrong here, but if you’re facing into the perfect storm that is described above, unless you’re emigrating to make a new life for yourself, shouldn’t the cost of checking in baggage at the airport be the last thing you should be worrying about?
According to this article in this mornings Irish Examiner:
“The travelling public, particularly families, are being hit hard at a time when inflation is already high,” said CAI chairman James Doorley.
Lets look realistically at the overall net impact of the proposed Ryanair price rises would be €10 for a family of mum, dad and 4 kids – €1 each extra to check in at a desk, and €1 extra for each of 4 bags to be checked in.
€10!!!!! That’s all!
We’re talking about a family who are going on holiday with 4 children – flying. This is discretionary spending. They don’t have to go on holidays. They don’t have to fly for their holidays.
If families are in such a perilous financial situation because of rising inflation where an extra €10 is going to be a problem when they’re going on a holiday that will potentially cost thousands, then should they really be going on holidays at all?
Should our consumer advocates be jumping up and down because of such price rises? Can we not spend more of our campaigning time trying to address the types of inflation that impacts everyone, and more particularly impacts people who may really have financial difficulties because of rising inflation?
Shouldn’t all consumer advocates be focusing more on the fact that people who have real financial difficulties and don’t have the luxury of a holiday anywhere are having to buy the staple grocery items like milk and bread which are increasing in price at a faster rate that a bag of luggage on a Ryanair flight.
Which items below should our consumer advocates really be shouting about from the roof-tops?
- Ryanair Check In Cost: +25%
- Ryanair Baggage Check In Cost: +11%
- Cost of Loaf of Bread: +30%
- Cost of 1litre of Milk: +33%