Only one small bag to be permitted on Ryanair flights

Lloyd Doyle
September 6, 2017

From November 1, the airline is set to increase check-in bag allowance from 15kg to 20kg, while standard check-in bag fees will be cut from £354 to £25 for a 20kg bag.

The low-priced airline on Wednesday announced that only "Priority Boarding" customers who have paid extra will be allowed two carry-on bags from November 1.

Non-priority boarders, on the other hand, will only be able to take one small carry-on bag; anything deemed too big or with wheels will be taken at the gate and put in the hold free of charge.

Ryanair now wants to encourage more travelers to check in bags by reducing its fees and increasing its size allowance.

Ryanair - which filled 97% of its seats in August - said it was bringing in the new measures to try and reduce boarding and flight delays caused by a shortage of overhead cabin space.

"These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair more than €50m a year in reduced checked bag fees", said chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs.

Passengers can pay extra for an additional cabin bag, provided it's no bigger than 45x36x20cm, but you can take on brollies and a duty-free shopping bag for free.

Ryanair said it has made this move as too many customers are making use of its current two free carry-on bag policy, for which it said there is not enough overhead cabin space, leading to boarding and flight delays.

The airline claims this is causing boarding and flight delays due to a large number of cabin bag offloads.

The new changes will come into effect for travel after November 1st.

Under the changes announced on Wednesday, Ryanair passengers without priority boarding will only be able to take one smaller carry-on bag on board the aircraft.

Flyers can check their hand luggage - laptop, handbag or backpack - at the Bag Drop desk during check-in, where they will be tagged as priority. It can be added to a booking for £6 up to one hour before scheduled departure.

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