As airlines around the world search for new ways to put a little more of your money into their pockets, Etihad Airways has come up with a novel concept that not even 'king of the extras' Ryanair has nutted out.
Etihad is adding a 'Peak Day of Week' surcharge onto flights which depart on a Friday or Saturday.
In an advisory issued this week to travel agents, Etihad notes that the surcharge will commence from May 6th and "will apply to all fare types, cabins and classes". Travellers will be up for an extra US$5 per sector of their journey.
For example, if you fly out of Sydney on a Friday and are bound for London via Etihad's Abu Dhabi hub, that's two sectors in the 'peak day of week' period, or $10 on top of your ticket.
We're the first to admit that $10 isn't much these days. In the big picture of flying from Sydney to London, $10 is roughly equal to the square root of bugger-all.
All the same, the notion of charging travellers for flying on what an airline rates as its busiest days broadens the net for scooping up ancillary charges, and it's also noteworthy to see this move introduced by a full-service airline rather than a low-cost carrier...
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