Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Jones djones@cb­

NON-PRI­OR­ITY cus­tomers fly­ing with bud­get oper­a­tor Ryanair will have to put their sec­ond larger carry-on bag in the air­craft’s hold free of charge from Novem­ber 1, ac­cord­ing to the air­line.

This week the low-cost oper­a­tor an­nounced new re­duced checked bag fees - and in­creased check-in bag sizes – ‘to en­cour­age more cus­tomers to check in bags and re­duce the num­ber of cus­tomers with two bags at the boarding gates’.

The air­line stated that ‘too many cus­tomers are avail­ing of Ryanair’s im­proved two free carry-on bags ser­vice, and with high load fac­tors (97% in Au­gust) there is not enough over­head cabin space for this vol­ume’, which is caus­ing de­lays.

Ryanair spokesman Kenny Ja­cobs said: “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 carry-on bags.”

The check-in bag al­low- ance will in­crease from 15kg to 20kg for all bags and the check-in bag fee will be cut from €35 to €25 for this bag.

Only pri­or­ity boarding cus­tomers will be al­lowed to take two carry-on bags on the air­craft, he noted.

This costs €5 at the time of book­ing or can be added to a book­ing for €6.

All other cus­tomers will only be al­lowed to take one smaller carry-on bag on board the air­craft.

Ryanair’s carry-on bag mea­sure­ments are one normal (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) and one small (35cm x 20cm x 20cm).

Ryanair have an­nounced a change to their two-bag pol­icy

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