- Low-budget airline will introduce new policy on hand-luggage from Monday
- Means more travellers will have to wait at airport carousels to collect bags
- But they say it will make the Irish carrier more punctual as a result of the change
- Also cut cost of flying with check-in bag by £10 and upped weight allowance
Ryanair is introducing new baggage rules from Monday.
Passengers will still be able to travel with two items of hand luggage, but the larger bag will be placed in the hold unless they pay for priority boarding.
Only the smaller bag – which can be the size of a handbag or laptop bag – will be allowed in the cabin.
All change: Ryanair will introduce their new policy on hand-luggage from Monday
The policy means many more travellers will have to wait at airport carousels to collect bags on arrival. Priority boarding costs from £5.
Ryanair has also lowered the price of flying with a check-in bag from £35 to £25 and increased the weight allowance from 15kg to 20kg.
Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the change will reduce delays caused by passengers struggling to fit wheelie bags into overhead lockers and will cost the Dublin-based carrier up to 50 million euro (£45 million) each year.
He went on: ‘We are reminding customers that our new carry-on bag policy commences on Monday (15 Jan).
Positive changes? Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is hoping the new policy will also cut delays
‘This new policy is centred around lower checked bag fees and bigger bag allowances and we have notified by email all our customers traveling from Monday.
‘All Ryanair customers will still be free to bring 2 free carry-on bags but we will now ask non-priority customers to put their bigger bag in the hold – free of charge – in order to eliminate boarding delays and improve our industry leading on-time departures.
‘Ryanair has already introduced new reduced checked bag fees (from €/£35 to €/£25) and increased check-in bag sizes (from 15kg to 20kg) to encourage more customers to check in bags and reduce the number of customers with 2 bags at the boarding gates.
‘We hope our customers will enjoy this new and simplified bag policy.’