Ryanair and Wizz Air change baggage policies today

Both carriers reduce the amount of baggage passengers can carry for free

Two major European low-cost airlines — Wizz Air and Ryanair — are launching new baggage policies today. The changes mean that passengers are now entitled to carry much less luggage without paying extra.

While Ireland-based Ryanair has ditched the option of free second hand luggage completely — unless passengers pay for priority boarding — Wizz Air will reduce the dimensions of carry-on bags and introduce a wide range of paid options.

Without purchasing priority boarding, Ryanair passengers can now take only a small handbag. Paying for the service would allow them to bring a 10 kg carry-on as well. The overall volume of luggage allowed without fees has been reduced by almost two-thirds from 58 litres to 20 litres.

“From November 2018, we are introducing a new lower cost 10 kg checked bag and changing our carry-on bag policy to eliminate boarding/flight delays. Priority boarding customers will continue to enjoy two free carry-on bags,” Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs announced the changes in August.

“This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays. 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 checked bag or they will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30 per cent already do so today.”

Passengers of both carriers can now take less luggage for free — Nicolas Economou / Shutterstock Ryanair and Wizz Air change baggage policy today
Passengers of both carriers will now take less luggage for free — Nicolas Economou / Shutterstock

Jacobs added that the new change might mean paying more for luggage, but the fare prices will drop down at the same time. “This is a fair outcome customers will get used to,” he said.

Similarly, Hungary-based Wizz Air has decided to lower the volume of luggage passengers can take on board to decrease baggage-related delays.

As of today, every passenger is entitled to bring one free carry-on bag with dimensions of up 40x30x20 cm. Passengers with WIZZ Priority can bring an additional trolley bag with dimensions of up to 55x40x23 cm.

The airline has also updated its paid luggage options to more than 50 carry-on and checked-in baggage variations based on individual preferences.

“It offers the widest selection of baggage choices to our customers, while allowing a free carry-on bag for every passenger,” said Wizz Air’s chief marketing officer, Johan Eidhagen.

“Starting 1 November we will make the boarding process smoother, and thus more comfortable, while continuously offering the lowest possible fares throughout our extensive network of 143 destinations in 44 countries.”