Cork travellers react to Ryanair's bag changes

Cork travellers react to Ryanair's bag changes

From November 1, Ryanair passengers will no longer be able to put their second piece of hand luggage (under 10kg) in the hold for free. Picture: Denis Scannell

AS Ryanair launched its latest Cork to Luton London six times weekly flight, they also announced intentions to increase baggage charges with an additional €6-€10 on passenger’s second in-flight bag.

From November 1, Ryanair passengers will no longer be able to put their second piece of hand luggage (under 10kg) in the hold for free, unless they are priority boarding passengers, who pay an an additional €6 per person.

This winter, all Ryanair passengers will have to book in as a priority passenger or pay €6 to €8 to put their second piece of hand luggage in the overhead locker or €8 to €10 to check in the bag.

According to the airline, this new charge will not affect 60% of customers as 30% are priority passengers and 30% travel with just one small cabin bag.

However, this charge will make a big difference to non-priority passengers who are used to being allowed bring two bags onto the plane, one for under the seat and the other to go into the overhead locker.

The new regulations state that non-priority passengers will be allowed to bring one ‘small personal bag’ on board the plane for under the seat.

According to Ryanair, the new charge is hoping to reduce the bag tagging process at the gate, which they claim is causing delays to the company’s flight times.

The airline also said they don’t expect to make money from the increased fees with the logic that checking in a 10kg bag (€8) under the new system is significantly cheaper than the current cost of checking in a 20kg bag (€25).

While just one bag is allowed the size of that bag has increased with the dimensions expanding from 35 x 20 x 20cm to 40 x 20 x 25cm as part of the new policy. These bags must still fit under seats.

According to some Corkonians, this additional charge is not helping Ryanair, which has experienced some controversy in recent times.

With pilot strikes coming to a close some say they will look elsewhere for flights when the charges are implemented in November.

Tracie Mooney, Ballincollig

I would rather fly with Aer Lingus now because of all the controversy and the strikes and the extra charges. Overall it is a safer option. I am travelling with a baby and for peace of mind, I would prefer to go with Aer Lingus. I fly a few times a year and the bad publicity has put me off Ryanair.

Ciara Cronin, Turners Cross

It is probably a money grabbing stunt, after the strikes they need to get their money back. We shouldn’t have to pay extra, bringing your bag is a necessity. It is part and parcel of travelling. I always choose Aer Lingus, there is no security with Ryanair. 

Leone Levis, Monkstown

I don’t fly Ryanair usually, I try to avoid them because of all the additional costs and I find the flight space tight. It is too budget, the meals, everything. Your flight is part of your holiday and I don’t think Ryanair is kid-friendly. I fly a lot from Cork, but I would prefer to fly from Dublin than fly Ryanair in Cork.

Dane Murphy, Blackrock

I think I’ll be flying with Aer Lingus from now on. I had a bad experience with Ryanair recently my flight was delayed six hours. Aer Lingus is more expensive, but you pay for what you get I suppose. I think Ryanair is pushing people away, it is still cheap and there is a market for them but they are getting worse.

Adam Mulcahy, Little Island

I would still fly with Ryanair, they are still the cheapest. I am a typical student, I don’t pay priority and when this is introduced I will just start flying with only one bag. It is more inconvenient, but I won’t pay it. I will adjust.

Cliona O’Grady, Carlow

I was never a big fan of Ryanair, but it is cheaper. I will be shopping around a bit more now though. I always use Ryanair for my sun holiday and the 10kg bag is usually all my luggage so it is a big change. It is an additional cost and that is annoying.

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