Budget Irish airline Ryanair has taken a risk in raising check-in baggage and airport check-in fees, but hopes customers will be given the incentive to travel lighter, rather than to go elsewhere for their flight bookings.
The airline has increased its checked-in baggage fee from €6.73 (£5.04) to €8.08 per bag, while its airport check-in fee will rise from €2.69 to €4.04, in a bid to encourage passengers to travel light and use online check-in facilities.
Changes at the airline come only weeks after easyJet ignored a relaxing of regulations at 22 UK airports and decided to continue its one hand baggage policy, to the surprise of many. Both airlines look set on convincing passengers of the benefits of travelling with hand luggage only, while refusing to raise the weight or baggage limit for hand luggage – and in Ryanair’s case accompanying this with a sharp rise in hold luggage prices.
Spokesman for the budget airline, Peter Sherrard, said: "Ryanair remains determined to encourage more and more passengers to travel with carry-on luggage only. These increased charges will incentivise even more passengers to use our free web check-in service allowing us to cut airport and handling costs and further reduce our guaranteed lowest fares."