Ryanair begins charging for luggageCharges introduced for cargo-hold luggage

16 March 2006

No-frills airline Ryanair has started charging people who check in luggage before flights.

From today, passengers will have to pay up to GBP 5 for every bag that goes into the aircraft hold. Which? research suggests the move will prove unpopular.

Ryanair has defended the charges, saying that the 25 per cent of its passengers who currently travel with just hand luggage will get lower fares, and avoid the inconvenience of check-in queues. Passengers with an EU passport who have just hand-luggage can check in online.

Ryanair charges vary

But a Which? survey of 1,067 people last month found that nearly 60 per cent were against the idea of budget airlines charging separately for checked in luggage.

Ryanair's new charges vary depending on when your check in your luggage. If you've checked in online or via a Ryanair call centre - up to three hours before your scheduled departure time - you'll pay GBP 2.50 per bag, for each leg of the journey.

But if you leave it until the airport to check in your bag, the charge per item doubles to GBP 5.

At the same time, each passenger's total baggage allowance has increased from the 25kgs to 30kgs. This comprises 10kgs of carry-on luggage, which must fit underneath the seat or in the overhead compartment, and 20kgs of checked-in luggage.