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Ryanair changes baggage fee rules: what do other airlines charge?

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

Budget airline Ryanair has announced changes to its baggage allowance rules.

From 1 November, you’ll only be able to take one small carry-on bag onboard, unless you pay £6 for priority boarding in which case you can take a small bag and a bigger wheelie case.

This will change from the current rules where all customers can bring one small carry-on bag (like a handbag) and one bigger bag (like a small suitcase) free of charge.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, said: “This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays. 60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect the other 40% will either choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10kg check-in bag or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today.”

Here are the full pricing details for all flights from 1 November:


What about other airlines?

Of course, Ryanair isn’t the only airline that charges baggage fees.

Here is a run-down of what other carriers will charge you for baggage:

Checked in bags:

Airline Checked in bag allowance and charges for economy
British Airways 23kg for free
Virgin Atlantic 23kg for free
Lufthansa 23kg for free
easyJet £8.99 to £29.99 per flight for up to 15Kg item, £13.99 to £33.99 per flight for up to 23kg item
Wizz Air You can check in baggage, weighing up to 32kg each. The prices start from £13 per 20kg bag in low season and from £17.50 in high season.

For 32kgs, prices are from £17.50 low season and from £23.00 high season for an up to 32kg bag but these charges can be a lot higher if you pay at the airport

Jet2 It is a 22kg checked bag allowance. Costs vary depending on the route, but start at £10, averaging £21 each way.
Flybe Options from 15kg for £19.00, 23kg for £24.00 or £48.00 for up to 46kg for two bags.

Source: TravelSupermarket (correct as of 29/8/18)

Hand luggage:

Airline Hand baggage allowance
British Airways All customers are permitted to carry one piece of hand luggage and one small item (handbag, laptop) on board. Hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and the small item must be no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Both items can weight up to 23kg each.
Virgin Atlantic Passengers flying with Virgin can bring one piece of hand luggage with them, provided it’s no heavier than 10kg and no bigger than 23x36x56cm. Passengers may also bring a small handbag or small rucksack on board.
Lufthansa Lufthansa flights allow you to bring one piece of 8kg carry-on baggage which can’t exceed 55x40x23cm. You can have a second bag if you are travelling business or first class, also up to 8kgs.
easyJet 1 piece, with a maximum size of 56x45x25cm, including handles and wheels.- You can pay extra for an additional cabin bag, provided it’s no bigger than 45x36x20cm. There is no weight limit.
Wizz Air Like Ryanair, it is also now charging for some carry-on luggage. People who have paid for “Wizz Priority”, which costs from £4 to £10 if bought online or €25 (£22) if purchased at the airport, can take two pieces of luggage into the cabin – one measuring up to 40cm x 30cm x 18cm to go under the seat in front, the other as big as 55 x 40 x 23cm. Anything exceeding this size, up to 55cm x 40cm x 23cm, will be put in the hold free of charge.
Jet2 Jet2 tickets include one piece of hand-luggage, with a maximum 10kg weight and a size limit of 56x45x25cm.
Flybe Customers are entitled to bring on one cabin bag measuring no more than 55cm x 35cm x 20cm, including wheels and handles, and one small personal item such as a handbag or laptop bag that can fit under the seat in front. The combined weight of your cabin bag and smaller personal item must not exceed 10kg.

Source: TravelSupermarket (correct as of 29/8/18)