Following the changes made last January, budget carrier Ryanair’s baggage policy has changed again today, November 1st 2018.
Under the new scheme Non-Priority Customers can only carry one small bag (40cm x 20cm x 25cm maximum) on board. It must be able to fit under the seat in front. A charge of £8 will apply for “small” cases weighing up to 10kg to go in the hold. 20kg bags cost £25 as before.
Priority Boarding customers
For £6 extra, passengers can continue to take two bags. One small bag as above and a small suitcase weighing less than 10kg (55cm x 40cm x 20cm maximum). Whilst at first site this looks to be the answer, it is not so simple. The number of priority customers per flight is restricted, apparently at 95, about half of the aircrafts capacity. By doing this, they hope to match overhead locker space to demand and thereby reduce boarding delays.
Ryanair claim the change is revenue neutral due to the lower 10kg category, comments on social media and in the press, seem to have other ideas. If you have already booked, beware you may be hit with unexpected extra charges.
How Others Compare
For now, rival Easyjet allow you a carry one bag measuring up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. When all locker space is full, some will be put in the hold free of charge. British Airways is slightly more generous, also allowing a small bag 40cm x 30cm x 15cm, again when the lockers are full, wheelie bags may go to the hold.