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EU Rules Spanish Airline Vueling Can Charge Bag Fees, Overturning Local Court

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal

Jan 24, 2014 3:00 pm

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Spain was fighting a very lonely battle against bag fees. Now passengers will have the freedom to decide if they want to check bags and pay for it, or at least that’s the party line.

— Dennis Schaal

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Budget airline Vueling is likely to prevail over a Spanish court ruling that it unlawfully charged passengers for checked-in baggage after the advocate general of the European Union’s top court said a Spanish law preventing airlines from charging extra fees for the service breached EU law.

If upheld by the European Court of Justice when it makes a final ruling, the opinion by Advocate General Yves Bot would reinforce the industry model that offers consumers a basic cost for the flight with the option to pay for additional services.

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