easyJet changes baggage rules

Budget airline easyJet will start charging passengers more to check luggage on all flights.

The low-cost carrier said the new rules would simplify check-in procedures for passengers and staff.

From last Friday (August 3rd), passengers booking flights departing after October 1st will be charged a fee of £2 per piece of hold baggage up to a maximum total weight limit of 20kg.

Previously, it was free to put one piece of baggage in the hold of easyJet flights, but all subsequent items cost £5.

The airline added that passengers would still "be able to take advantage of one of Europe's most generous hand baggage allowances".

easyJet said that reducing the number of checked-in bags would help it improve the operational performance. In addition, the airline revealed that fewer bags in the hold would ameliorate the flight's emissions and environmental impact.

Andy Harrison, easyJet's chief executive, said: "It's about getting people to pack smarter, travel lighter and travel cheaper."

Recently, easyJet launched new routes from Belfast International Airport to Barcelona, Gdansk, Prague and Venice.

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