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Ryanair to ignore card fee ban

Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline, said it plans on defying a decision made in the U.K. Treasury to ban excessive debit and credit card charges.

The rule will go into effect by the end of 2012 in every area of retail. Once it does, firms will only be allowed to add fees to cover the cost of the transaction, ImpactPub.com reports.

Ryanair said its fees are administration-based, which help cover the costs of the upkeep and development of the company’s 20 websites. Eleven of these sites are written in foreign languages.

None of its fees, according to the company’s spokesman Stephen McNamara, are linked to the credit and debit charges imposed by banks.

“The charge that we incur in relation to processing these payments is not passed on to the passenger,” McNamara said, according to ImpactPub.com.

McNamara said that passengers who want to avoid the card processing fees could use a different card.

The government is warning businesses against opposing the rule.

"Given that airline passengers alone pay more than GBP265,000 a day in card surcharges, businesses shouldn't drag their feet over this,” a government spokesman said, ImpactPub.com reports. “While the law will come into force at the end of 2012, we want companies to be up-front and fair over card charges today.”

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