Ryanair has announced a new priority boarding policy which will come into force next month.
Previously, passengers using the airline’s online check-in system were given automatic priority to board, while other passengers had to pay a fee of €5 (£4) to board the plane first.
Under the new policy, web check-in passengers will not receive priority boarding and will now be required to pay the same €5 fee for the service.
Online check-in will continue to be free and all passengers will be able to choose priority boarding – either during online or airport check-in.
Ryanair’s Lorna Farren commented: "These new charges will make the sale of priority boarding fairer for all passengers.
"By charging the same fee for priority boarding for both web check-in and airport check-in passengers, we hope to ensure that priority boarding seats will always be available for sale at airports for family members and groups who wish to purchase it."
This latest announcement follows changes to the airline’s checked baggage policy. Starting this month, passengers will pay €10 to check luggage onto a flight, up from the previous fee of €9.
Fees for airport check-in were also increased from €4 to €5 to encourage more passengers to use the free-of-charge online check-in system.
From 3rd June, Ryanair will also introduce an online name change facility, allowing passengers to make name changes up to 24 hours before travel, a service which was previously only possible through Ryanair’s call centre.