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Luggage is shrinking on Ryanair flights  Luggage is shrinking on low-cost flights
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  Ryanair, which blazed a trail for low-cost airlines, will now charge passengers extra to take more than one small bag on board
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<strong>Pack your travel entertainment carefully if you're flying with Ryanair, as the low-cost Irish airline's new cabin <a href="https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/flying-with-us/baggage-policy">baggage policy officially starts </a>on January 15. </strong>  <strong>A pioneer of the budget airline industry will now only allow passengers to bring one small bag on board, unless you pay extra, as Ryanair's new cabin <a href="https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/flying-with-us/baggage-policy">baggage policy officially starts </a>on January 15.</strong>
  The Irish airline has been at the forefront of the no-frills, low-cost services that have changed the aviation industry forever. Like rivals easyJet in the UK and Southwest in the US, Ryanair offers lower fares for fewer traditional comforts, and often charges supplements for extras like food, seat allocation, and baggage.
  According to the <em><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/45311cb0-9f7a-11e7-8cd4-932067fbf946">Financial Times</a></em> <em>(may be behind paywall)</em>, low-cost airlines European budget carriers have taken as much as 40 per cent of the market from flag carriers such as British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France-KLM.
From now on, the airline will only allow passengers to bring one small bag on board, unless they pay a surcharge. The one cabin bag allowed must not exceed 35x20x20cm in size and "should easily fit under the seat in front of you", i.e. the size of a handbag, purse or laptop bag.  Passengers have often carried hand carriage to avoiding check-in charges but from now on, Ryanair will only allow passengers to bring one small bag on board without paying a surcharge. The one cabin bag allowed must not exceed 35x20x20cm, around the size of a handbag, purse or laptop bag, and "should easily fit under the seat in front of you."
If you haven't purchased a priority boarding pass (for €5/£5 each way) or the two cabin bags fee, a second 10kg bag, measuring 55x40x20cm, will be placed at the gate in the hold but free of charge. Ryanair has also decreased its checked luggage charge from €/£35 per flight to €/£25, and increased the weight allowance from 15kg to 20kg.  If you haven't purchased a priority boarding pass (for €5/£5 each way) or the two cabin bags fee, a second 10kg bag, measuring at most 55x40x20cm – or a standard wheeled travel bag – will be placed at the gate in the hold but free of charge. Ryanair has also decreased its checked luggage charge from €/£35 per flight to €/£25, and increased the weight allowance from 15kg to 20kg
For passengers worried about waiting for their bags at the carousel, Ryanair insists that 90 per cent of hold luggage gets to the terminal building before the passenger <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/ryanair-new-baggage-rules/"><em>(The Telegraph)</em>.</a> For passengers worried about waiting for their bags at the carousel, Ryanair insists that 90 per cent of hold luggage gets to the terminal building before the passenger <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/ryanair-new-baggage-rules/"><em>(The Telegraph)</em>.</a>
“So far we’ve had lots of flights taking off today and we haven’t had any issues," Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, told <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/5live">BBC 5 Live</a> on Monday morning about how the change has worked so far. “So far we’ve had lots of flights taking off today and we haven’t had any issues," Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, told <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/5live">BBC 5 Live</a> on Monday morning about how the change has worked so far.
The new policy is designed to improve punctuality and avoid slow boarding, which can cause delays, as reported<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-bag-policy-latest-passengers-carry-on-luggage-cabin-hold-budget-airline-a8159481.html"> by <em>The Independent</em>.</a> It was initially expected to be issued in November, but<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/ryanair-new-baggage-rules/"> according to</a> <em>The Telegraph</em> it was postponed to allow passengers “more time to adjust to the changes.” The new policy is designed to improve punctuality and avoid slow boarding, which can cause delays, as reported<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-bag-policy-latest-passengers-carry-on-luggage-cabin-hold-budget-airline-a8159481.html"> by <em>The Independent</em>.</a> It was initially expected to be issued in November, but<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/ryanair-new-baggage-rules/"> according to</a> <em>The Telegraph</em> it was postponed to allow passengers “more time to adjust to the changes.”
"These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over €50 million (£46 million) per annum in reduced checked bag fees. However, we believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking in a bag, which will reduce the high volume of customers we have with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates," <a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/ryanair-is-cutting-hand-luggage-allowance-to-one-bag-a3628041.html">Jacobs told the <em>London Evening Standard</em> in September.</a> "These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over €50 million (£46 million) per annum in reduced checked bag fees. However, we believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking in a bag, which will reduce the high volume of customers we have with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates," <a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/ryanair-is-cutting-hand-luggage-allowance-to-one-bag-a3628041.html">Jacobs told the <em>London Evening Standard</em> in September.</a>
The Irish low-cost airline has undergone big time changes in the last few years to attract new customers who were not excited about their punitive charges and inflexible policies. Customers were turning to easy-jet, considered a more 'customer-friendly' airline. Chief Executive <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10466209/Ryanairs-Michael-OLeary-easyJet-wiped-the-floor-with-us.html">Michael O'Leary said back in 2013 that easy-Jet had "wiped the floor with us"</a> by introducing improvements much earlier than Ryanair.  
Since then Ryanair has changed its image by introducing low-cost yet premium services for those who are willing to spend an extra buck.  This 'premium economy' services are in the middle of those who want some comfort, but <a href="https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-talk/premium-economy-ireland-gets-halfway-house-cabins-on-new-north-american-services-36482481.html">don't want to go bankrupt.</a> Ryanair has undergone big changes in the last few years in attempts to attract new customers. Chief Executive <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10466209/Ryanairs-Michael-OLeary-easyJet-wiped-the-floor-with-us.html">Michael O'Leary said in 2013 that easy-Jet had "wiped the floor with us"</a> <em>(The Telegraph)</em> by introducing improvements much earlier than Ryanair.
The new cabin baggage policy is in line of this new trend Ryanair has been imposing, but is yet to see if it will work. Since then Ryanair has attempted to change its image by introducing extra services for those who are willing to spend extra.
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