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Ryanair increases baggage charge by up to 250%

Groundbreaking budget airline group Ryanair has today revealed a massive increase in baggage fees with some customers set to see charges rise by as much as 250% to £70. The minimum charge for one bag will increase by 50% to £15 if checked in online with those checked in at the airport attracting a charge of £30, compared to the old fee of £20. However, this is not the end of the price realignment by Ryanair!

As from October 1 the fee for a second bag will rise from £20 to £35 online but will cost you a hefty £70 if checked in at the airport. There will also be a significant increase in the cost of taking sportswear overseas, including golf clubs and other equipment, which will hit many who travel to the likes of Spain to play golf.

In defence of Ryanair it has to be said that the luggage allowance has been increased from 15 kg to 30 kg per passenger even though average fares have fallen by 20%. There has also been significant pressure on passenger numbers which has forced airlines such as Ryanair to revisit their cost base and their charges. Unfortunately, it is highly likely that others in the budget airline industry will follow suit to a certain extent and we will see the cost of budget airline travel increase significantly in the short to medium term.

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