Author Lauren Howells
Ryanair has announced that from 1st November 2017, only its Priority Boarding customers will be able to bring two items of hand luggage onto its aeroplanes.
Brought about as one of a number of baggage allowance changes in order to “encourage more customers to check-in some bags and reduce the volume of carry-on bags”, Ryanair’s new policy will mean that those who don’t pay the £5 Priority Boarding fee (or £6 if added after booking) won’t be allowed to bring on a second bigger wheelie bag as hand luggage.
Non-Priority Boarding passengers will only be able to bring on one smaller carry-on bag, such as a handbag.
The second piece of ‘carry-on’ luggage can go in hold
However, Ryanair has said that the second piece of ‘carry-on’ luggage can be placed in the hold, free of charge, at the boarding gate.
Ryanair confirmed that they were making these changes in order to reduce the number of flight delays caused by too many customers arriving at the gate with two pieces of hand luggage.
Ryanair’s 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 (182 customers x 2 bags) carry-on bags.”
Ryanair has confirmed that customers with infants can still bring a small 5kg baby changing bag onto their planes.
Check-in baggage allowance increased
From 1 November this year, the check-in baggage allowance will increase from 15kgs to 20kgs for all bags.
Currently, customers can opt for a 15kg bag or a 20kg bag (both at different prices).
Price for check-in bag lowered
Ryanair has also decreased what customers are required to pay for their check-in bags, from £35 to £25 for a 20kg bag.
There will be no option to pay less for a 15kg bag.
However, check-in bags that are added at the airport or anytime after the time of booking, will cost customers £40.
Mr Jacobs said: “These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over €50m p.a. in reduced checked bag fees. However, 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 2 carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays due to large numbers of gate bag and cabin bag offloads.
“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.”
Ryanair ‘Victim of its own niceness’
In February this year, Ryanair announced that it was reviewing its carry-on baggage allowance, with Director Neil Sorahan reportedly saying that the airline was a “victim” of its own ‘niceness’. This was due to reports of people taking on bags ‘twice three times the size’ of what they were allowed to.