10,000 passengers switch to Ryanair’s new luggage policy

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10,000 passengers switch to Ryanair’s new luggage policy

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5 September 2018

By | 5 September 2018

The carrier is expecting a decline in baggage income, while customers should save more

As Ryanair has announced a second change in their cabin bag policy in a year, more and more passengers are switching to new luggage options.

Ryanair is expecting a decline in the amount of money it earns from baggage – MikeDotta / Shutterstock 10,000 passengers switch to Ryanair’s new luggage policy Group Created with Sketch. Ryanair is expecting a decline in the amount of money it earns from baggage – MikeDotta / Shutterstock

According to Ryanair’s, in first three days from the launch of the policy and the possibility to make the change, more than 10,000 passengers have already decided to take one 10 kg bag instead of a 20 kg one that is over three times more expensive.

“Ryanair customers are already switching from our 20 kg checked bag to our new lower cost 10 kg checked bag option, which is now available for all flights from 1 November,” said Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs in a press release.

“This new lower cost 10 kg checked bag means that checked bag income will probably decline as we deliver more savings to Ryanair customers.”

“Up to 50 per cent of customers will continue to bring two free carry-on bags as they travel on Priority Boarding and this new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays.”

From 1 November, the Ireland-based carrier will charge passengers for taking two pieces of luggage. To take two pieces of carry-on luggage – one smaller and one up to 10 kg – passengers will have to either pay for the second bag or book priority boarding.

While the priority boarding option will be cheaper, the carrier only offers the service to 95 passengers per flight.

“60 per cent of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40 per cent will either choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10 kg check bag or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30 per cent already do so today,” Jacobs said when announcing the new policy two weeks ago.