Low-cost airline Ryanair have announced significant changes to their hand luggage allowance, which will affect all new and existing bookings.
The changes came into force as of Monday 15th January 2018 and you can find out more in our summary below.
Passengers were previously permitted to take one large bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) and one small bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) in the cabin. However now, travellers will have to place their larger bag in the hold upon reaching the boarding gate.
You can bring both a large and small bag on board if you purchase Priority & 2 Cabin Bags, Flexi Plus, Plus or Family Plus when booking your flight. Non-Priority travellers can only bring one small bag into the cabin.
Ryanair have stated that ‘heavily booked flights’ have resulted in a lack of space for each passenger to bring two bags on board, so from now on, non-priority customers will have to place their bigger bag in the hold. It is hoped this will also eliminate boarding delays and improve on-time departures.
No. All Non-Priority passengers can check their larger bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) into the hold at no extra charge.
The main difference is that Non-Priority travellers will have to wait at the luggage carousel upon arrival at their destination, rather than heading straight from the plane to passport control and the exit.
This may not come as a shock to some passengers, as frequent fliers with Ryanair will likely be aware that overhead lockers can only accommodate a limited amount of luggage and people were often told that their large bag would need to be stowed in the hold instead.
Travellers who select Priority boarding will be allowed to take two bags in the cabin. This option is available from £5 one-way.
Passengers are still permitted to take one small bag into the cabin without paying extra. Only the larger bag must be placed in the hold, which would not incur any additional cost.
This means you can bring both your small and large bags in the cabin. Your small bag must not exceed 35 x 20 x 20cm and should easily fit under the seat in front of you, whilst your larger bag must be 55 x 40 x 20cm and fit into the sizers at the gate.
Failure to comply will result in a £50 charge per item at the departure gate and may also lead to delays in getting passengers on board and subsequent departure time.
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