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Monday 20 November 2017

Airline's online baggage charges likely to soar

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

RYANAIR passengers are likely to pay another €10 to check in bags within two years.

Airline boss Michael O'Leary said he would have "no problem" adding €5 next year to the current fee of checking in a bag online.

His remarks come on the back of recent announcements that fliers travelling during peak periods will pay a premium to check in baggage.

Those who fly between June and September, as well as over Christmas, are set to pay €25 for a 15kg bag or €35 for a 20kg bag after the recent announcement.

Outside those peak times, the online charge for a 15kg bag is €15 for the majority of flights.

For those who do not book their check-in allowance in advance, the charges are higher -- €60 to check in a 15kg bag during off-peak travel times and €100 during the peak season.

For a 20kg bag those charges rise to €75 and €105 respectively, while flights to the Canary Islands attract even higher fees.

Mr O'Leary has made no bones about the fact that he wants as many Ryanair customers as possible to travel without checking in a bag as it helps the airline to cut its own costs.

He said that when the baggage charge was first introduced four years ago, 80pc of Ryanair passengers checked in a bag. A year ago that figure had fallen to 35pc and it now stands at 25pc.

Mr O'Leary said that if he could reduce the percentage of people checking in bags to 15pc, then the airline would cut an additional 25pc off its annual handling charges.

In its last financial year, Ryanair paid €491m in airport and handling charges.

But Mr O'Leary said he wouldn't ban people entirely from checking in bags, saying that those who do so will just end up paying higher charges.

Mr O'Leary made the comments as Ryanair posted a €15m profit for the three months to the end of December.

The airline is on track to deliver record profits of €480m or more in the current financial year that ends in March.

Irish Independent

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