European low-cost airline Ryanair is finding new and exciting ways to charge for extras. Now, the airline, a favorite of cash-strapped travelers, will charge for carry-on luggage that doesn’t fit directly under the seat in front of you.
Starting on November 1, Ryanair will allow only one small carry-on bag for non-priority passengers. Before, passengers could bring one larger bag, which was tagged at the gate and put in the plane’s hold.
“From November 2018, we are introducing a new lower cost 10kg checked bag and changing our carry-on bag policy to eliminate boarding/flight delays. Priority Boarding customers will continue to enjoy two free carry-on bags. All other (non-priority) customers will be allowed one free (small) carry-on bag, and those who wish to check in a second bigger 10kg bag can do from €8 at the time of booking," said Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair Chief Marketing Officer.
"This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays. 60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40% will either choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10kg check bag or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today,” he added.
In the past, all non-priority customers could bring one small carry-on bag and one larger bag free of charge. The larger bag was tagged at the gate and put in the hold for free. The airline, however, claims that this led to the tagging of up to 120 free bags at the gate, causing delays on 25-minute turnarounds.
From November, non-priority customers can only bring one free small carry-on bag and no additional free bags will be allowed. Priority customers can continue to bring two free bags, a small carry-on, and a larger bag.
If non-priority customers’ one free small bag doesn’t fit in the new sizer then they will have to pay a gate bag fee of €25 and their bag will be tagged and placed in the hold.
In January, the airline had announced that check-in bag fees would be lowered from € 35 to €25 per check-in bag and that free carry-on bag allowance for all customers would continue. Adding that non-priority customers would be allowed to bring two free carry-on bags but they would be required to put the larger of the two bags in the hold – free of charge – at the boarding gate to avoid boarding delays and/or baggage offloads.
At the time, Jacobs said, “We’re pleased to launch our new cabin bag policy today which has been implemented successfully and we believe it will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays, alongside our new checked bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33% increase in their checked bag allowance.
“Priority Boarding customers can bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft, which can be added from just €5. All other customers will still enjoy our free two bag allowance and can bring one smaller carry-on bag on board, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag will be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate,” he added.