Airlines increase their baggage charges

Hotel News - 26/04/2007

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Aer lingus, Ryanair and Bmibaby airlines have all recently increased their charges for carrying on baggage. Ryanair has raised its charges by a third to £4 online and £8 for airport check ins. This is a rise of 70 per cent in the past year. Consumer groups say this is another way for cut price ailines to generate more income and that Ryanair can expect to receive more than £90 million in baggage fees if travellers choose the cheaper online option for baggage check in. Bmibaby has increased its charges for checked in baggage to £2.50 per item online with a higher charge levied at £5 if done at the airport. Aer Lingus Introduced baggage charges in January and increased them by 25 per cent in March to £3.50 per bag online. Airlines say the reason they have increased to charges is to encourage passengers to bring on less luggage and thereby allow the aircraft to depart quicker.

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