Ryanair says over 10,000 customers have switched to its new lower cost £8 x 10kg checked bag (from the £25 x 20kg bag) as part of its new cabin baggage policy in the first three days since it went live on 1 September for travel on/after 1 November.
This new bag policy eliminates all free 2nd gate bags, which Ryanair said have been causing flight delays this summer.
Changes from 1 November include priority boarding customers can continue to bring two free carry-on bags (1 x 10kg wheelie bag and 1 small bag), and non-priority customers can only bring one free (small) carry-on bag.
Others are that non-priority customers who want to bring a 2nd bigger (wheelie) bag can buy a lower cost 10kg check bag for £8 at time of booking (currently a 20kg bag costs £25). This 10kg wheelie bag must be checked in at the airport bag drop desk and finally all customers with checked bags can now switch from the £25 x 20kg bag to the cheaper £8 x 10kg checked bag.
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs said: “Ryanair customers are already switching from our £25 x 20kg checked bag to our new lower cost £8 x 10kg checked bag option, which is now available for all flights from 1 November.
“This new lower cost £8 x 10kg checked bag means that checked bag income will probably decline as we deliver more savings to Ryanair customers. Up to 50% of customers will continue to bring two free carry-on bags from as they travel on Priority Boarding and this new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays.”