Ryanair introduces new cabin baggage changes

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Ryanair has announced another change to its cabin baggage policy due to come into force in November.

Passengers will no longer be allowed to take on a small suitcase with charges for a 10kg case to be introduced later in the year. The Irish airline changed its baggage policy in January which allowed travellers to hand in their smaller cases to be loaded into the hold at the boarding gate free of charge. However, this has continued to cause delays and Ryanair is now looking to streamline the process.

From November, non-priority customers wanting to bring a second bigger suitcase can purchase a 10kg check bag for £8 at the time of booking. This is a significant reduction on the £25 currently imposed on suitcases of this weight. Passengers with priority boarding will continue to be allowed two free carry-on bags.

Ryanair believes that the new changes – which come into effect at boarding gates on November 1st 2018 and apply to all bookings made after September 1st 2018 – will only have a minimal effect on passengers. It stated that 30% of its customers already purchase priority boarding while a further 30% already travel with one small carry-on bag.

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, said: “This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays. 60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40% will either choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10kg check bag or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today.”

It is the second time in the past year that Ryanair has attempted to solve its cabin baggage issue. The airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 has seen its overhead locker space fail to keep up with demand. In September 2017, Ryanair announced that would be reducing its checked bags fee from £35 to £25 and increasing the allowance to 20kg.

Non-priority customers would only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board while a second bag would be placed in the hold for free. While these changes were introduced in January 2018, the airline is now set to alter its policy once again.

Read more about Ryanair’s change in cabin baggage policy here – https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/new-bag-policy-from-november-will-cut-check-bag-fees-reduce-boarding-delays/