The no-frills airline Ryanair, plans to continue increasing the fees it charges customers for placing luggage into the hold of its aircraft.
Travellers on the budget airline currently pay anything from £25 to £160 for a hold bag on a one-way flight. However, Ryanair’s CEO, 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 into the hold.
Around 80 per cent of Ryanair passengers checked baggage into 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.