FACUA criticises the Government's failure to take measures to prevent Ryanair from charging for hand luggage

The Irish airline will start to apply its new policy, contravening Spanish legislation, from this Thursday 1 November. Bringing a suitcase on board will now cost between 6 and 10 Euros.

FACUA criticises the Government's failure to take measures to prevent Ryanair from charging for hand luggage

FACUA-Consumers in Action criticises the Government's failure to take measures to prevent Ryanair from realising its intention to charge for hand luggage. The Irish airline will begin applying the new policy from Thursday 1 November.

The association notes that in August, after learning that Ryanair would start charging for suitcases brought on board, it directed its concerns to the Ministry for Public Works and Transport insisting that it prevent the company from implementing this practice, which appears to be an attempt by the airline to make consumers subsidise the costs of compensating passengers for past flight cancellations.

FACUA also recalls that it reported Ryanair to the State Air Security Agency and the Spanish Agency for Consumers, Food Security and Nutrition at the end of August, on the basis that it considers this practice extortionate. It is yet to receive a response on the part of either of the two organisations.

Once again, FACUA notes that this new policy of charging for cabin baggage would go against the Law on Air Navigation. Article 97 of this law states that "the carrier will be obliged to transport for free in the cabin, like hand luggage, the objects and baggage that travellers bring with them", while the only exception it lays out for refusing transport being for "reasons of security, linked to the weight or size of the object, in relation to the aircraft's capacity".

The association, therefore, rejects the Government's failure to put a stop to a measure which would violate Spain's own legislation, and at the same time criticises that airlines continue to increase the services they charge customers for and reduce those included in the ticket, devaluing the worth of buying a ticket in order to sell basic things, like bringing on board hand luggage of a reasonable size, as extras.

According to a Ryanair announcement, on all flights leaving after 1 November it will cost between 8 and 10 Euros for customers to bring a second piece of luggage of up to 10 kilos into the cabin, which will have to be handed in at the check-in desk. If Priority Boarding is purchased it will cost 6 Euros.