For the second time in a year, Ryanair changes its policy regarding hand baggage – which drastically reduces the number of passengers that need to be transported.
Europe's largest budget airline company currently allows passengers to take one large and one small carry-on baggage without paying. But from November the limit will be reduced to one bag of average size.
The total permitted volume without pay decreases by almost two-thirds from 58 liters to 20 liters.
The new policy applies to all flights from 1 November. But anyone with reservations from November can accept or cancel the new policy for a full refund.
Passengers who want to take a wheelie bag weighing no more than 10 kg must pay £ 6 for priority boarding, allowing them to come on board, or £ 8 to check in.
Ryanair emphasizes that the move is not meant to make more money, but merely to improve timekeeping.
Passengers have only been accustomed to the airline's latest cabin baggage policy since January. Under the current rules, passengers are allowed to carry two bags through the security checkpoint to the departure gate.
But only travelers who have paid for boarding with priority can take them to the plane. The larger bags of other passengers are labeled on the fence and placed in the hold.
"Punctuality was a challenge this year," said Kenny Jacobs, airline's chief marketing officer.
"We have noticed for a while that, while we are happy to offer two hand luggage, this was a problem at the entrance gates, and we want to protect our punctuality."
Exclusive to the word The independentMr. Jacobs said, "The average bag we have in the hold weighs 12.5 kg, and I think you will see that many customers are now packing a little lighter to take advantage of the lower price."
Currently the standard limit for checked bags is 20 kg, for a price of £ 25.
It is still cheaper to pay £ 6 for priority boarding than to pay £ 8 for a 10-kilogram checked-in bag, but the number of passengers that can take priority on boarding is limited to 95 – half the capacity of Boeing 737 & # 39; s from Ryanair.
The airline claims that only 40 percent of passengers will be affected, as 30 percent are already buying boarding passes and 30 percent are currently traveling with one bag that meets the new dimensions.
"It's a new load, but the prices are going down at the same time," said Mr Jacobs. "This is a reasonable result that customers will get used to."
Passengers get a little "squirrel" in terms of their free bag; the meter used at the gate to check the dimensions is 25 percent larger than the maximum size.
Other airlines will look closely at the impact of the new rules and the response of passengers.
The main rival of Ryanair, easyJet, currently allows a piece of hand luggage with no weight limit and a volume of 63 liters.
British Airways has the most generous hand baggage for hand luggage in Europe, allowing two bags with a combined weight of 46kg can be transported.