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EKPOIZO Reports Overpriced Airline Tickets

Consumer organization EKPOIZO recently discovered that advertized airline tickets have serious price variations, some which reached up to 63 percent between the advertized on-line cost and the actual charge.

EKPOIZO conducted a research involving ten airlines that advertised cheap fares on their websites for various destinations: Adria (Slovenia), Aegean (Greece), Aer Lingus (Ireland), Air Baltic (Latvia), Air Berlin (Germany), Alitalia (Italy), Clickair (Spain), Lauda (Austria), Olympic (Greece) and SAS (Denmark).

The on-line offers involved flights from Greece to various destinations with departures from 1 August to 31 October 2008. The research showed that out of the 10 companies, only one charged a fare lower than the advertised price (but did charge for baggage); four airlines charged the exact amount of the advertised price; and five charged a price of 18 to 63 percent above the advertized price.

On 8 July, Greek Parliament passed a motion for new EU regulations that forces airlines to announce the total cost of a ticket within advertisements and on-line reservations.

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About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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