Ryanair to keep upping hold bag charges

1 Aug 2013 by GrahamSmith

Ryanair plans to continue increasing the charge for placing luggage in the hold to discourage passengers from checking-in bags on its flights.

Travellers on the budget carrier currently pay anything from £25 to £160 for a hold bag on a one-way flight.

But chief executive Michael O'Leary intends to up the price of checked bags still further, saying he plans to halve the 20 per cent of passengers who currently place their luggage in the hold.

Around 80 per cent of Ryanair passengers checked baggage in the hold before the airline first introduced a fee to do so.

O'Leary said: "I would be disappointed if we don't get our figure down from around 20 per cent to 10 per cent."

However, he added: "We will never get rid of [hold] bags."

O'Leary also suggested that more airlines will start charging for cabin bags and follow the lead of Wizz Air which began charging for larger cabin bags in 2012.

He said: "In the future I think it's likely that airlines will charge for carry-on bags. But I can't get my head round how you would do it.

"I think it's unlikely that we will do it, until I can see what's in it for us."

Earlier this week, Ryanair admitted it is flying its aircraft more slowly in a bid to reduce the amount of fuel it uses.

And last month, the airline vowed to unconditionally sell, if necessary, its 29.8 per cent stake in Aer Lingus in an attempt to appease the Competition Commission (see online news, July 23).

Graham Smith

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