NEW HAND LUGGAGE RULES
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