Ryanair has given an update on their new baggage allowance reduction
It's good news for now.
Last month, Ryanair announced that it would be changing their baggage allowance policy and would only permit regular customers to bring one small cabin baggage on board, with the exception of Priority ticket holders who would get two.
For the last few months, as part of its “Always Getting Better” programme, they had been letting customers have one larger carry-on bag, along with one smaller bag such as a laptop or shopping bag on their flights.
But, the airline said that people were bringing their quota of bags on board each flight and not checking in luggage, meaning there wasn't enough space in the overhead cabins.
To counteract this, Ryanair announced that it will be reducing fees on checked bags by €10 to encourage more people to check bags on their flights. They announced that check-in bag allowance would increase from 15kg to 20kg for all bags and the standard check-in bag fee will be cut from €/£35 to €/£25 for this 20kg bag.
While the price change has already come into effect, the limit on the amount someone can carry was due to come into place on November 1st. But they have just confirmed today that they are postponing it until January 15th, 2018.
Speaking about the delay in the new policy, Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said:
“We will delay the introduction of our new cabin bag rules until 15th January 2018, to allow our customers more time to familiarise themselves with the policy changes. From Jan, we will be restricting non-priority customers to one small carry-on bag (their wheelie bag will be placed in the hold, free of charge at the boarding gate) which will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays.
We have already introduced the first phase of the new bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33% increase in their check-in bag allowance. This will lead to fewer customers with 2 carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays.
The new cabin bag policy will be implemented for all travel after 15th January 2018, and we hope our customers will enjoy the savings of our new simplified bag policy."