Ryanair blames EU for new charge

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Ryanair will add €2 (£1.76) per passenger to all bookings from Monday to pay for the cost of flight cancellations and delays in "force majeure" events.

The budget carrier blamed the hike on "unfair and discriminatory" EU regulations that left uncontrollable events such as the weather as the responsibility of airlines.

Last year the combination of the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano, closures because of snow and strikes across Europe cost the company more than €100m, Ryanair said. It was forced to cancel more than 15,000 flights and more than 2.4 million passengers had their travel disrupted.