Ryanair announces delays to its new strict carry-on baggage policy

Ryanair announces delays to its new strict carry-on baggage policy

After a turbulent few weeks, Ryanair has decided to give people travelling with the airline some welcoming news. 

In early September, Ryanair revealed plans to implement bag policy changes on all flights from 1st November in a bid to encourage customers to check-in bags and reduce the volume of carry-on luggage,

Changes included:

  • The check-in bag allowance will increase from 15kg to 20kg for all bags
  • The standard check-in bag fee will be cut from €/£35 to €/£25 for this 20kg bag
  • Only Priority Boarding customers (including Plus, Flexi Plus & Family Plus) will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft*
  • All other (i.e. non-priority) customers will only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board the aircraft, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag must be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate.

However, good news for passengers travelling with the airline between now and Christmas as today Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs announced that the company had decided to push the date back until January.

"We will delay the introduction of our new cabin bag rules until 15th January 2018, to allow our customers more time to familiarise themselves with the policy changes," Kenny said.

"From January, we will be restricting non-priority customers to one small carry-on bag (their wheelie bag will be placed in the hold, free of charge at the boarding gate) which will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays.

"We have already introduced the first phase of the new bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33% increase in their check-in bag allowance. This will lead to fewer customers with 2 carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays.

"The new cabin bag policy will be implemented for all travel after 15th January 2018, and we hope our customers will enjoy the savings of our new simplified bag policy."