Ryanair Has Made Some Changes To Its Baggage Policy Which Could End Up Costing You
Ryanair has made some changes to its baggage policy, which could mean you end up paying more. Brilliant.
The budget airline company has always allowed two cabin bags per customer. However, from 1 November, only customers who pay an extra £5 ($6.50) for Priority Boarding will be allowed to bring two bags on the flight.
The company claims to have made the change because allowing so many bags on the flight led to problems with space, which led to delays.
But it isn't all bad news, because the new rules will also see a 5kg increase for hold luggage - travellers can now bring 20kg, rather than 15kg - and the price has dropped by a tenner to £25 ($33). The company is hoping this will encourage fliers to opt for checked luggage.
Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said: "These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over €50 million (£45m / $59.7m) per annum in reduced checked bag fees.
"However, we believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking-in a bag, which will reduce the high volume of customers we have with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays due to large numbers of gate bag and cabin bag offloads.
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary. Credit: PA
"We hope that by restricting non-priority customers to one small carry-on bag - their wheelie bag must be placed in the hold, free of charge at the boarding gate - this will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays being caused by not having sufficient overhead cabin space on busy flights to accommodate over 360 (182 customers with two bags) carry-on bags.
"These lower bag fees and increased bag size allowances will come into play for all bookings for travel after 1 November, and we hope our customers will enjoy the savings of our new simplified bag policy."
The changes to baggage policy come in on 1 November. Credit: PA
Other budget airlines, like EasyJet, have had a similar rule for a while, permitting just one cabin bag per customer, unless they fork out more money.
Source: Daily Mirror
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