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RyanAir hikes baggage fees

September 4, 2009

The rises, which will come into force in October, come on top of an array of other additional levies imposed by the no-frills airline which range from charging £5 to check in online to £40 for printing out a boarding pass at the airport.

As a result of the increase checking in a bag via the internet will go up from £10 to £15 and at the airport from £20 to £30. It has, however, said that passengers can carry up two bags of 33lbs (15kg) each, before incurring excess baggage charges of £15 a kilogram.

Ryanair defended the charges which, it said, enabled the airline to keep fares low. “These baggage fees are all avoidable by all passengers who choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. Over 70 per cent of Ryanair passengers will be totally unaffected by these changes as they already travel with just one carry-on bag, which is free of charge,” a spokesman said.

It is the latest airline to either increase luggage charges or cut the number of bags passengers can take on board free of charge in recent months.

British Airways and a number of transatlantic carriers recently announced that passengers will only be allowed to put one bag in the hold free of charge, with additional items costing just over £30, with the exact amount varying with each airline.

British Airways has seized on the luggage charges by producing its own fares calculator which, it says, shows that passengers with luggage will often find it cheaper to use BA.

RyanAir Fees:
* Online check-in (print own ticket at home): £5
* Airport check-in (“Airport Boarding Card Re-issue”): £40
* “Payment handling fee”, per passenger, per one-way flight: £5
* Priority boarding fee, per flight: £3
* Infant fee (under-2s): £20 per flight
* 1st piece of hold baggage (max 15kg), checked in at airport: £30 per flight
* 2nd piece of hold baggage (max 15kg): £70 per flight
* Excess baggage fee, per kilo: £15
* Children’s travel/car seat: £10
* Sports equipment, musical instrument: £30 per item, per flight
* Flight change fee: £35 per flight
* Name change: £100 per passenger
* A charge of £1 for the use of on-board toilets is being explored
* A plan to tax heavier passengers was dropped

[Sources: Telegraph.co.uk and Independent.co.uk]



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