Ryanair is to tighten the rules on what passengers pay to take baggage on board the aircraft, in order to “speed up boarding”.
From November, passengers will still be allowed to take a “small personal bag in the cabin, as long as it will fit under the seat in front.
But they will have to pay £6 if they want to also take a bag of 10kg, as a pull-along suitcase, on board of directors.
And they’re still going to have to pay up to £10 if they want to check that the bag in the hold instead.
The move is not intended to make money, the airline said, but was intended to “improve the timeliness and reduce the gate delays”.
Under the new policy of only 95 passengers per flight – nearly half of the total – are allowed to pay for the right to take the extra bag on board.
Other travellers will have to pay £8 to £10 for their bag of 10kg to go in the hold. More checked-in luggage will be 25 € per bag.
This is the second time in a year that Ryanair has changed its cabin baggage policy.
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Ryanair has said that it was the increase of the size of the small carry on bag, which remains free to take on board up to 20 litres.
Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair chief marketing officer, said the new policy “will allow to speed up boarding times and cut flight delays” by encouraging people to either travel very light with just a small bag, or the recording in a medium-sized bag.
Currently Ryanair allows customers of a small personal bag, and the passengers who paid for priority boarding can take a bag of 10kg in the cabin.
Those without priority boarding currently pull-along bags and other medium-sized luggage with them until their boards of administration to the door – at which point the bags are transferred to the hold free of charge, which means passengers can take two bags without paying additional charges.
But Ryanair said that this policy was causing delays.
From November, if the passengers at the boarding gate with more than a 20 litre bag, but I have not paid for priority boarding status, the bag will be placed in the hold at a charge of £25, Ryanair said.