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EasyJet and Ryanair 'make astonishing £2.6BILLION' in add-ons every year: Here's how they do it

EasyJet and Ryanair make as much as £2.6BILLION in add-ons every year, it has been claimed.

The budget airlines are among the most successful at getting passengers to pay for 'extras' such as luggage, leg room, using a credit card and choosing their own seat.

Passengers frequently complain that the true costs of flying are hidden instead of being included in a straightforward headline price.

And a new study has revealed just how much airlines make from in 'ancillary revenue'.

According to US analysts IdeaWorksCompany and CarTrawler, it will hit $82.2 BILLION in 2017, an increase of 264 per cent on their first estimate made in 2010.

They described 'ancillary revenue' as "activities and services that yield revenue for airlines beyond the simple transportation of customers from A to B."

This can include everything from "commissions gained from hotel bookings, the sale of frequent flyer miles to partners, and the provision of a la carte services".

Ryanair is among the most successful at getting customers to cough up for things beyond their flight, and saw a 13 per cent increase this year.

According to the DailyMail, the charges include £11 per seat for leg room, £7 for front seats, £15 to reprint a boarding pass, £50 to check-in at the airport instead of online, £20 for an infant under two-years-old and at least £5 for priority boarding.

For Easyjet, the charges include £30 for sports equipment, £50 for musical instruments, at least £60 to change a flight or £110 to change a name.

The study found ancillary revenue now accounts for more than 10 per cent of all revenue in the airline industry.

Guy Anker, from Moneysavingexpert, told the Mail: "Airlines are more explicit than they were a few years ago and these charges are no longer hidden.

"But they are still incredibly frustrating for passengers."