RYANAIR is scrapping its two-bag carry-on policy, saying passengers are bringing on board too much luggage to make it sustainable.
The low-cost airline said it made the decision because flights are being delayed because of a lack of space in overhead cabins.: “As too many customers are availing of Ryanair’s improved 2 free carry-on bags service and with high load factors (97 per cent in August) there is not enough overhead cabin space for this volume of carry-on bags, which is causing boarding/flight delays.”
From November 1 only “Priority Boarding” customers who have paid extra will be allowed two carry-on bags.
Regular customers will “only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board the aircraft, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag must be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate.”
Ryanair said in July it was considering changing its baggage policy, with Ryanair’s chief financial officer Neil Sorahan saying at the time: “I’ve seen two-year-olds wheeling a bag up to the plane as people try to take advantage.”
Ryanair also announced it is increasing its check-in bag allowance from 15kg to 20kg, and reducing the standard fee from £35 to £25 for a 20kg bag.
The airline’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over 50 million euros (£46 million) per annum in reduced checked bag fees.
“However, we believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking in a bag, which will reduce the high volume of customers we have with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays due to large numbers of gate bag and cabin bag offloads.”
The changes will apply to all existing and future bookings.