Ryanair scraps £80 check-in fee for heavy luggage
The hidden costs of travelling by air are one of the things that really get people's dander up. With that, Ryanair have decided to get rid of its £80 fee for heavier luggage, which will hopefully see other budget airlines doing something similar.
Of course, Ryanair have made a tidy sum in the past by making people pay for these little extras, especially when it comes to baggage fees. Now, instead of having a maze of options, they're simplifying the whole process by having just six bands for luggage.
At the moment, passengers pay (up to) £80 to check a 20kg bag in during peak season. However, from this June, that'll be replaced with a £30 flat rate which applies to all 20kg bags, regardless of when passengers booked the luggage space or when their holiday is.
The fees for second, third and fourth bags will be given the chop too, however, there's going to be fees introduced for longer journeys, such as London to the Canary Islands.
So, while this is good news for people not travelling too far in the peak season, it is a price hike for those travelling in the low-season. If you are used to paying £20 to check your bag in online during this period, it's now going to cost you more, which isn't great.
Ryaniar gaffer Michael O'Leary says that the ‘vast majority’ of passengers who check-in bags do it in the high season, rising by 30-35% in the summer - that falls to as low as 5% in November, which means that O'Leary thinks most passengers are going to be better off. He added: "Families, like everybody else, are travelling with less checked bags. The purpose of the bag fee was never to penalise people. It was to incentivise people to travel with less checked bags."
This comes into play on June 16th, but if you've already booked a flight for that time, then the new rules don't apply. Either way, here are the new prices:
First or second bag weighing 15kg (Low season, booked online) £20 - £25
First or second bag weighing 15kg (Low season, booked at airport) £35 - £45
First or second bag weighing 15kg (High season, booked online) £35 - £45
First or second bag weighing 15kg (High season, booked at airport) £55 - £75
First bag weighing 20kg (Low season, booked online) £30 - £35
First bag weighing 20kg (Low season, booked at airport) £45 - £50
First bag weighing 20kg (High season, booked online) £40 - £50
First bag weighing 20kg (High season, booked at airport) £60 - £80
Excess Baggage Fee: £10 per kilo