Ryanair plan to stop people checking in luggageAirline passengers are encouraged to travel light
11 October 2008
Ryanair's Michael O'Leary plans to keep charging passengers for their check-in luggage, and will increase this in the future, in the hope it will deter customers from putting bags in the hold
The Ryanair Chief Executive wants only 1 in 4 passengers on every flight to check in luggage. And he will continue to raise baggage fees in the hope this will happen. Currently, Ryanair charges £12 each way for passengers to check in luggage - £8 for the bag and another £4 for airport check-in.
The high operating costs of airport check-in is one reason behind the decision to reduce hold luggage - Michael O'Leary is wanting to 'throw the keys back to Stansted' where check-in services are concerned.
The average length of Ryanair passenger trips is two-and-a-half days, so the airline believes that travel with only one carry-on bag is perfectly feasible. They also negate any concerns over luggage space in the aircraft cabin.
By encouraging passengers to travel with carry-on luggage only, Michael O'Leary believes he has 'revolutionised' passenger packing.
Lorna Cowan, Editor of Which? Holiday, says 'If you are planning to take luggage on a flight, and have previously travelled with Ryanair, perhaps now is the time to shop around. An initial flight price may seem a good deal, but with the luggage fees added on - for both the outward and inward flight - then that bargain may be found elsewhere.'
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