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Wizzair trials new cabin baggage fee

10 Jul 2012 by BusinessTraveller

During next month passengers on Wizzair’s Luton-Katowice route will need to decide between carrying on a small piece of cabin baggage for free, or a larger piece for a €10 charge.

The carrier said the trial “responds to a growing problem for the short-haul industry that the limited space on board aircraft reduces convenience and comfort during boarding when too many carry-on bags are brought into the cabin”.

The airline added that as a result “bags are routinely off-loaded by airline crews due to lack of space, often causing delays”.

Wizzair said the new charge will “incentivise” passengers to bring a small carry-on bag. The trial will see passengers allowed to carry on a bag measuring up to 42x32x25cm for free, or opt to pay €10 to bring a bag measuring up to 55x40x20cm.

Both options will have a maximum weight of 10kg, but those choosing the larger paid-for allowance will be guaranteed space in the overhead compartments.

The trial will run for the month of August, but Wizzair said that “if the findings are not conclusive, the trial might be extended”. The carrier added that “If the trial proves successful this new cabin baggage policy will be rolled out through the entire Wizzair network”.

Last week Flybe announced a 20 per cent increase in the dimensions of its hand luggage allowance (see online news July 5).

For more information visit wizzair.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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