Ryanair to cut baggage allowanceJust 15kg at check-in, then excess fees apply

31 October 2006

Ryanair- people getting on airline

Ryanair failed to get top marks for value for money

No-frills airline Ryanair is to cut checked-in baggage allowances for passengers from tomorrow.

The allowance drops from 20kg per person to 15kg and applies to all passengers on flights both departing and arriving in the UK from 1 November. This means that passengers returning from holiday could be hit with extra charges.

Ryanair’s new restrictions come on top of its £7 fee per bag (prepaid £3.50) and a £5.50 charge per kilo for excess baggage over 15kg. There’s also no baggage allowance for babies, although the airline will carry buggies for free.

Baggage changes

The airline said the changes are to encourage people to cut the amount of luggage they take on holiday.

Which? believes that Ryanair hasn't done enough to publicise the baggage allowance changes. Campaigner Emma Harrison said: ‘You have to make the effort to find the information on the Ryanair website. It doesn't want people to know about the changes because they are a real money-spinner while people get used to them.’

Also from tomorrow Ryanair will allow passengers to guarantee their seats together for a fee of £2 per person using the 'priority boarding' option on the Ryanair website.