The phrase “Don’t forget your tootbrush” is soon to become “Don’t forget your boarding pass” - low-cost carrier Ryanair is introducing a £40 charge for passengers who arrive at the airport without their boarding passes. The airline says the move is to “encourage all passengers to arrive at the airport with their pre-printed web check-in boarding card”. From next Wednesday (May 20) Ryanair will also insist on online check-in only for all new bookings, as the carrier moves towards phasing out all airport check-in desks by October 1. Many passengers can also expect their ticket prices to rise by £5, as the current £10 airport check-in fee will be replaced by a £5 online check-in charge. This fee will apply to all bookings except promotional fares (designated by the codes “Free”, “C1” and “€5”). Ryanair is currently considering a number of cost-saving measures, including asking passengers to carry checked luggage to the aircraft in order to cut the number of baggage handlers (see online news May 12). For more information visit ryanair.com.
Report by Mark Caswell
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