Baggage Charges Rise to Reduce Checked in Bags
Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (28th April) announced that it will continue its drive to increase the number of passengers checking in on-line by increasing baggage and airport check-in charges from May 5. From this date Ryanair’s checked in baggage fee will rise from €9 to €10 while airport check-in fees will increase from €4 to €5. Ryanair encourages passengers to avoid these charges altogether by travelling with our 10kg hand luggage allowance and checking in on-line.
Passengers who book their flights in the next week (before May 5) will avoid these charges.
Announcing these charge increases, Ryanair’s Peter Sherrard said:
“40% of Ryanair passengers currently avoid queues at both check-in and boarding by availing of our free web check-in service, and this increase in baggage fees will result in fewer checked in bags and more passengers changing to on-line check-in.
“On-line check-in is faster, more efficient and costs Ryanair less. There is no doubt that it is the future for air travel. We will continue to increase baggage fees until half of our passengers check-in online, which will allow us to reduce check-in and handling costs and pass on these savings to our passengers in the form of Europe’s guaranteed lowest fares.
“Ryanair will continue to drive down the cost of travel by reducing its average fare (which includes baggage and check-in revenues) in 2008 and guaranteeing the lowest fares on every route”.