The latest changes to Ryanair’s baggage policies take effect today, meaning passengers must now pay to take anything more than a small bag on-board.
Ryanair has brought in these changes to its policies in order to reduce flight delays. The lack of overhead locker space on aircrafts often used on short-haul routes, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, can lead to delays in boarding the plane as there isn’t enough space for everyone’s luggage. This then means the staff at the check-in gate are left to tag the surplus ‘carry-on’ baggage and put it in to the hold, delaying departure even further.
So, what’s the new policy?
Non-priority passengers can take one small bag such as a handbag, laptop bag or small backpack up to 40 x 20 x 25cm that must fit under the seat in front of you.
Pay £6/€6* for priority boarding and you can take one small bag up to 40 x 20 x 25cm and one bag of 55 x 40 x 20cm up to 10kg.
Whilst passengers must now pay for priority boarding or pay £25/€25* to put a larger bag in hold, there is a silver-lining in this new policy – the small bag you can take on board is now 40% larger than previously allowed!
Already booked a flight with Ryanair?
There’s even better news for those people who booked their flight before the end of August and are set to travel after the 1s November – you can check in a 10kg bag FOR FREE! One word of advice though, this must be done before security at the bag drop desk.
Matt Clements, Rayburn Tours Transport Manager, comments, “Whilst there isn’t anything we can do about the airlines baggage policies, it’s about ensuring our customers have the most up-to-date information to ensure efficient and smooth travel through the airport. Our experienced Tour Co-ordinators know the baggage policies for all the airlines we use and will ensure that groups are given the correct information for their travels.”
*Prices correct as of 1st November 2018 and are one-way only.