Prices soar for basic services on board the no-frills Ryanair

FAMILIES are most likely to be affected by Ryanair’s hiked prices next year as the Irish airline prepares to increase charges for many of its passenger services as of 15 December.

Under the new rules, a 15kg bag checked in at the airport, without being pre-booked, will cost the customer £100 in peak season (June to September and Christmas) – an increase of 150 per cent on the current charge of £40.

Checking in a second 15kg bag that wasn’t booked ahead will incur the highest new cost of £135.

Printing a ticket at the airport will set the traveller back £60 per boarding card in a 50 per cent rise on the current price.

The airline claims to be changing the way passengers think about their journey, incentivising them to travel light and offering tailored options.

Stephen McNamara, a spokesperson for the airline, said, “Over 70 per cent of Ryanair passengers will be unaffected by these changes as they already travel with no checked-in bags.”

Ryanair has come under fire in recent years for its alleged proposals to cut costs, such as levying an extra fine on overweight passengers, making passengers carry their own luggage to the plane and charging passengers to use the aircraft’s toilets.