Passengers can now check in a piece of checked luggage up to 20kg in weight at a cost of £25, as an alternative to the existing 15kg option charged at £15.
The new optional fee is valid for the first piece of checked luggage only – Ryanair allows a second piece to be checked in, but this can only weigh up to 15kg and will be charged at £35. The carrier also allows passengers to bring carry-on luggage up to 10kg in weight.
Note that these charges apply to off-peak months –during July and August all the fees mentioned above increase by £5.
Rivals Easyjet allow up to eight pieces of checked luggage per passenger, with a combined weight of up to 20kg – charges depend on the route flown. There are no restrictions for the weight of hand luggage for Easyjet passengers, “within reasonable limits”, although the airline says that passengers “must be able to place the piece of luggage safely in the overhead storage bins without assistance”.
Report by Mark Caswell