6 Sep 2017

Ryanair Cuts Cabin Baggage Allowance ‘to Reduce Flight Delays’

Ryanair Plane on Runway

In a bid to reduce the number of carry-on bags on its flights, Ryanair is banning larger items of hand luggage from travelling in the cabin, instead forcing passengers to check these into the hold – at no extra charge. Non-priority customers will no longer be able to take two bags on board, which is an unpopular change for lots of passengers. The airline hope that this will prevent delays caused by large numbers of passengers travelling with two carry-on bags. Priority boarding customers, who paid an extra £5 at the time of booking, will still be able to take two bags into the cabin.

Currently, passengers are allowed one normal case (55cm x 40cm x 20cm, weighing up to 10kg) and one small bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm, with no weight restriction) in the cabin. However, from 1st November, passengers with standard tickets will only be allowed to bring the smaller bag on board.

The airline is also reducing the cost of checking in a 20kg bag into the hold from £35 to £25 – but has removed the option to check in a smaller, 15kg bag for less money. This brings their hold luggage prices down, much more in line with their competitors.

Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer at Ryanair, says: “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.”

“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 x two bags) carry-on bags.”

“These lower bag fees and increased bag size allowances will come into play for all bookings for travel after 1st November, and we hope our customers will enjoy the savings of our new simplified bag policy.”

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