Checking your suitcase on to a Ryanair flight en route to your timeshare resort in the coming months could soon cost even more than it currently does, following an announcement in London by Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary this week.
Currently, bags checked into the hold this summer are costing passengers anything from £25 to £160 for a one-way flight but those prices could soar still higher, the airline’s chief executive warns. The rises in hold luggage fees could hit larger families in particular, when the new charges are multiplied per family member.
O’Leary wants to halve the 20 per cent of passengers who currently place their luggage in the hold – previously, approximately 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” although 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 at a cost of 20 euros per large cabin bag.
The Ryanair chief added, “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.”
Ryanair is tightening its rules. The airline prides itself on its fast turnarounds and cost cutting measures. As an example, every Ryanair passenger is currently obliged to print our a boarding pass or face a £70 penalty and arriving one minute beyond the 40-minute check-in deadline means the passenger (s) have to pay a £110 “missed departure fee” for the right to board the next flight to their destination.