EasyJet to charge more for luggage
Easyjet is to hike its excess baggage costs, in a move set to bring further criticism to the budget airline industry.
The airline will charge £25, up from £20, if you come to the check in desk with luggage that needs to be checked in and you have not already paid for this online. If you turn up at the boarding gate with an oversized hand luggage bag you'll find yourself £40 out of pocket, up from £30.
Sarah Mcintyre, spokesperson for the airline, says: "To keep our fares low, be able to board the plane as quickly as possible and ensure your comfort onboard, if you bring more than one piece of hand baggage we'll check the extra into the hold. We'll need to charge you for this."
Bob Atkinson, travel expert at moneysupermarket.com, says he is dubious over Easyjet's reasoning that the increased charges will help speed up flights.
He says: "If you've got a load of people having to pay £40 at the boarding gates, that won't speed up boarding will it? It's more likely that EasyJet has noticed people are checking bags in less frequently as they're making the most of the airline's generous hand luggage allowance and now it's looking to make some extra revenue".
For passengers who book hold luggage in advance online the cost remains unchanged at between £9 and £12.50 per 20kg bag depending on the distance travelled.
The new charges are the latest in a line of price hikes from so-called low-cost airlines.
Last week Ryanair announced it would levy a £2 surcharge on all passengers to cover the cost of paying for compensation following cancelled flights.
The airline says in the past year it has suffered costs of over €100 million arising from flight cancellations, delays and providing right to care, compensation and legal expenses.
The charge came into affect on Monday 4 April.
Last year, the airline caused controversy when it announced it would charge an extra £5 for checked in baggage during the peak season (1 June–19 September and 21 December–4 Jan).
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