Low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced planned changes to its current checked baggage policy.
From May 5th, passengers will have to pay €10 (£8) to check luggage into the hold, an increase on the previous €9 charge. Fees for airport check-in will also rise from €4 to €5 as the airline seeks to encourage more passengers to use its online check-in services and limit luggage to the 10kg carry-on allowance.
Peter Sherrard, head of communications at Ryanair explained that 40 percent of the airline’s customers currently avoid these fees by only travelling with hand luggage and using online check-in.
"Online check-in is faster, more efficient and costs Ryanair less," he explained. "There is no doubt that it is the future for air travel."
Across the Atlantic, US carrier American Airlines revealed revisions to its baggage policy earlier this week. From May 12th, passengers will be required to pay $25 (£12) to check a second bag on flights.
Similar changes have been introduced by several carriers over recent months as airlines seek alternative ways to cope with the increased cost of fuel. US Airways, United, Virgin America, AirTran Airways and Malaysia’s AirAsia have all made changes to luggage fees since the start of the year.