Ryanair is introducing new baggage rules from Monday.
Passengers will still be able to travel with two items of luggage, but the larger bag will be placed in the hold unless they pay for priority boarding.
Only the smaller bag – which can be the size of a handbag or laptop bag – will be allowed in the cabin.
The policy means many more travellers will have to wait at airport carousels to collect bags on arrival. Priority boarding costs from £5.
Ryanair has also lowered the price of flying with a check-in bag from £35 to £25 and increased the weight allowance from 15kg to 20kg.
Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the change will reduce delays caused by passengers struggling to fit wheelie bags into overhead lockers and will cost the Dublin-based carrier up to 50 million euro (£45 million) each year.
He went on: ‘We are reminding customers that our new carry-on bag policy commences on Monday (15 Jan).
Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (8 Jan), reminded customers of its new baggage policy, as part of its “Always Getting Better” programme. Ryanair has introduced new reduced checked bag fees. Read more here https://t.co/0Th1G51Naapic.twitter.com/74ZuaoMV8Z
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) January 8, 2018
Positive changes? Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is hoping the new policy will also cut delays
‘This new policy is centred around lower checked bag fees and bigger bag allowances and we have notified by email all our customers traveling from Monday.
‘All Ryanair customers will still be free to bring two free carry-on bags but we will now ask non-priority customers to put their bigger bag in the hold – free of charge – in order to eliminate boarding delays and improve our industry leading on-time departures.
‘Ryanair has already introduced new reduced checked bag fees (from €/£35 to €/£25) and increased check-in bag sizes (from 15kg to 20kg) to encourage more customers to check in bags and reduce the number of customers with 2 bags at the boarding gates.
‘We hope our customers will enjoy this new and simplified bag policy.’