Beleaguered budget airline Ryanair is delaying planned changes to its cabin bag policy, which will now come into effect early next year.
In September, the Irish firm announced it would be scrapping its two carry-on bag policy and reducing fees for hold luggage, because constant flouting of cabin bag rules is causing delays on busy flights. The new regime was set to take effect from 1 November.
However, today the company said the new policy will be delayed until 15 January 2018 "to allow customers more time to adjust to the changes, particularly during the busy Christmas period".
"From January, we will be restricting non-priority customers to one small carry-on bag (their wheelie bag will be placed in the hold, free of charge at the boarding gate) which will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays," said Ryanair's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs.
"We have already introduced the first phase of the new bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33 per cent increase in their check-in bag allowance. This will lead to fewer customers with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays.
"The new cabin bag policy will be implemented for all travel after 15 January 2018, and we hope our customers will enjoy the savings of our new simplified bag policy."
The delay will be a welcome reprieve for Ryanair customers, but may not be enough to get back in the good books of the thousands who have been affected by the airline's recent scheduling snafu. Last month, the carrier said it would be cancelling 40-50 flights per day over a six week period in large part because of a pilot shortage, which was caused by a backlog of crew leave.
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