Ryanair to increase baggage charges for summer

Ryanair intends to increase baggage charges until no-one takes its flights with luggage that needs to go in the hold, the airline's boss said today.

Michael O'Leary added it was likely that "at some point" airlines would start charging even for hand luggage.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary. Credit: Press Association

Speaking at a news conference in London, Mr O'Leary said that Ryanair had increased its charge for hold luggage by €20 (about £17.50) for the summer period.

Asked what was the logic behind charging people more for the summer period, he replied: "That's when they are likely to bring more bags."

Mr O'Leary went on: "We will keep increasing charges until we get rid of (hold) bags."

He said Ryanair had reduced the number of its passengers who checked in hold baggage from 80 percent to 19 percent and that this was saving the airline "a fortune in money".