From 1 November Ryanair will change its boarding rules regarding luggage. The hold allowance will go up from 15kg to 20kg, the industry standard (although many follow the IATA recommended 23kg), with the current hand carry-on bags service modified.
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 can 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. This seems to go against the airline’s previous policy, which was to try to reduce hold baggage.
The standard check-in bag fee will be cut from £35 to £25 for this 20kg bag. The maximum size of cabin baggage remains at 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, as other airlines. What constitutes a small carry-on bag remains to be seen.
Ryanair put the cost at more than €50m a year in reduced checked bag fees and forgot to mention the reduced airport handling charges.