For those of you considering flying Ryanair in the future, it’s worth noting that the airline will be changing both its checked and hand luggage allowances from the 15th January.
Checked luggage fees have changed, with baggage up to 20kg being accepted. Pricing starts at £25/€25 if booked online at the time of booking, £40/€40 post booking or at the airport.
The hand luggage policy is a bit tougher to negotiate – and will depend what add-on you brought with your ticket.
For those who have brought Priority boarding & 2 Cabin Bags, Flexi Plus, Plus or Family Plus, you will be able to bring two items aboard the plane and into the cabin.
- A small bag (such as a handbag, laptop bag, duty-free bag) not exceeding 35x20x20cm and should fit under the seat in front of you.
- A large bag (up to 10kg), must not exceeding 55x40x20cm. This item can go in the overhead bin.
These items can be brought aboard the plane and into the cabin.
For those who have not got any of the options above (ie Non Priority), it’s going to get a bit nastier.
- You will be able to bring a small bag aboard the plane (not exceeding 35x20x20cm), that must go under the seat in front of you
- A larger second bag up to 10kg (not exceeding 55x40x20cm) will be accepted for travel, but will be tagged at the gate and put into the hold. This bag will be carried in the hold free of charge..
Items must fit in the bag sizers at the gate. Failure to meet these requirements will mean a £50 extra charge.
The full breakdown is at https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/flying-with-us/baggage-policy
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs on the changes states:
“We’re reminding our customers that from Monday (15th January 2018), only Priority Boarding customers will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft. All other customers will be allowed to 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.
This 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.”
So if you want to bring two bags aboard a Ryanair plane, and keep them near you, you will need to buy one of the fares that has “Priority Boarding & 2 Cabin bags” attached to it.
Oh. That’s at least another £5/€5 for that privilege.
If you do plan to fly Ryanair (and I’ve done my share of segments on them), remember – you’re playing by their rules. By clicking book, the airline assumes you’ve read the rules and will comply with them.
One to bear in mind if you’re considering flights during the coming year.
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