Ryanair announce plans to charge passengers an extra £8 to take suitcase on holiday

24 August 2018, 07:52 | Updated: 24 August 2018, 16:05

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By Naomi Berners

New rules are coming into play on November 1st, and everyone will be affected - even people with existing bookings.

Ryanair has announced new plans to charge passengers £8 for bringing a carry-on suitcase on their flight. 

As of November 1st, anyone who hasn't bought priority boarding will have to cough up an extra £8 if they want to take a 10kg travel suitcase with them on their trip. 

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Currently, priority boarders, who pay an extra £6 at the time of booking (or £8 thereafter), are able to take one carry-on bag and one travel suitcase with them in the cabin.

Non-priority customers (who pay nothing extra) can bring the same amount of luggage, but their travel suitcase must go in the hold free of charge.

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However, come November 1st 2018, these rules are changing; priority boarders will still have the same options but non-priority will lose the right to have their suitcase stowed for free.

Instead, they will be asked to pay an extra £8 at the time of booking to cover the cost of storing the small suitcase in the hold. 

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The new initiative is an attempt to reduce the wait time at gates, with more customers currently favouring the cheaper, non-priority option. 

Ryanair's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: "From November 2018, we are introducing a new lower cost 10kg checked bag and changing our carry-on bag policy to eliminate boarding/flight delays.

"Priority Boarding customers will continue to enjoy two free carry-on bags. All other (non-priority) customers will be allowed one free (small) carry-on bag, and those who wish to check in a second bigger 10kg bag can do from €/£8 at the time of booking.

"This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays. 60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40% will either choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10kg check bag or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today."

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