Ryanair confirmed that it will delay its new carry-on bag policy to allow passengers more time to familiarise themselves with the change. The new policy was due to be introduced on November 1 but it has now been delayed to January 15, so that it doesn’t affect customers travelling over Christmas.
All Ryanair passengers will be able to take two pieces of luggage into the cabin until mid-January 2018. The budget carrier is to delay its new cabin bag policy to give customers more time to get used to the move. From the 15th of January, the airline will be restricting non-priority passengers to take one smaller carry-on bag onboard. The second, bigger bag will be placed in the hold, free of charge, at the boarding gate. Under the new rules, announced in September, only those who pay £5 extra for Priority Boarding will be allowed to take two cabin bags on to the plane.
As part of the new baggage policy, Ryanair has already reduced its 20kg checked bag fees (from €35 to €25) to encourage more customers to check in bags and reduce the volume of cabin bags.
We have already introduced the first phase of the new bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33% increase in their check-in bag allowance. This will lead to fewer customers with 2 carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays, said Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer.
The Irish low-cost airline has announced the following bag policy changes on all flights:
From 6th September 2017:
- The check-in bag fee was cut from €/£35 to €/£25 for all bags
- The check-in bag allowance increased from 15kg to 20kg for all bags
From 15th January 2018:
- Only Priority Priority Boarding passengers (including Plus, Flexi Plus & Family Plus) will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft. Priority Boarding can be purchased for €5/£5 at the time of booking.
- All other (i.e. non-priority) passengers will only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag will be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate.