Ryanair start charging for hand luggage from 1st November

Ryanair have announced a second baggage charge change this year.

The new rules will mean that those wanting to take hand luggage on the plane with them will need to pay £6 for priority boarding, without this you will only be permitted to take on-board one small handbag or pay £8-£10 for their small hand luggage (10kg) case to be checked in.

Those that have all ready booked to fly on or after 1st November 2018 will receive notification from the airline and will need to either pay for the upgrade or checked in luggage.

This means that when checking out prices you need to consider that it will cost you an extra £8-£10 if you’re not planning on taking checked in luggage.

There are however some benefits to this…

  • You can check a 10kg case in for £8
  • You can pack liquids into the case
  • You can ditch your case at check in and not cart it through security and around the airport

Bad points…

  • Having to go to check in/baggage drop to leave your case
  • Having to go to the baggage reclaim for your case
  • paying extra

Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays.

“60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40% will either choose to buy priority boarding or a 10kg check bag, or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today.”

New Bag Policy (Effective 01st November)

From 01st November 2018, non-priority customers who wish to bring a second larger wheelie bag (10kg weight) must purchase the 10kg Check-in Bag for €/£8 if purchased during the initial flight booking, or €/£10 if added online after booking up to 40 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time. The 10kg wheelie bag must be deposited at the airport bag drop desk prior to entering security. Please be advised this new bag option is available to purchase from the 01st September 2018 for travel on/after 01st November.

Non-priority customers who have not added a bag to their booking can still purchase a 10kg wheelie bag at the airport bag drop desk for €/£20 or €/£25 at the boarding gate.

Main benefits of this new policy will be reduced flight delays and cheaper checked bag option. Additional advantages for customers will be the ability to pack more liquids into their 10kg checked wheelie bag and walk to the boarding gate ‘hands free.’ We have also increased the permitted size of the free small carry-on bag by 43% from 35 x 20 x 20cm to 40 x 20 x 25cm.”

Some questions you might have:

How is this different from the previous carry-on bag policy? 

Previously, all non-priority customers could bring 1 (small) carry-on bag and 1 bigger (wheelie) bag free of charge. The bigger bag was tagged at the gate and put in the hold (for free). This led to the tagging of up to 120 free gate bags which caused delays to 25min turnarounds. From November, non-priority customers can only bring 1 free (small) carry-on bag – there will be no free gate bags. Only priority customers can continue to bring two free bags. (1 small carry-on + 1 wheelie bag)

What about customers who have already booked flights before 1 September for travel on/after 1 Nov?

The new bag policy will apply to all travel on/after 1 November. Non-priority customers who booked flights before 1 September (for travel after 1 Nov) can either add Priority Boarding for €/£8* or a 10kg bag for €/£10* or they may cancel their booking for a full refund. *(price when added after booking)

What happens if my small bag doesn’t fit in the sizer?

 If non-priority customers’ 1 free small bag doesn’t fit then they will pay a gate bag fee of €/£25 and their bag will be tagged and placed in the hold.

Where does the small bag go on board?

Small bags must be able to fit under the seat in front of you.

How many wheelie bags can you fit on board? 

Approx. 100 wheelie bags will fit in the overhead lockers which more than facilitates all priority passengers.

What happens if more than 100 customers want to buy Priority Boarding?

They can’t – Priority Boarding is capped at 95 customers per flight (out of 189 guests).

What about infants; can parents still bring an extra changing bag?

Yes, a small (5kg) baby bag may be also carried free of charge by customers traveling with an infant. (Any child under 2 years)

What about customers with waivers for medical items?

Medical equipment can still be brought on board free of charge subject to preclearance by our special assistance team.

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