More than one million airline passengers who have already booked and paid for flights are being pursued by Ryanair and easyJet for payment of new passenger charges, under threat of denied boarding.

Ryanair has today confirmed that around 250,000 passengers who booked flights before December 2006, and are due to fly from February 1, must pay an extra £5 per passenger, per flight.

Those who turn up for flights from February 1 and who have not already paid the charge will be denied boarding. Ryanair says that passengers will categorically not be able to pay at check-in, although it declined to explain why not.

Unlike its two main low-cost rivals, British Airways has said it will absorb the costs of the increased passenger tax, announced by the Chancellor in his pre budget report last December.

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