Ryanair is to delay the introduction of its new cabin bag policy until after Christmas.

In changes originally set to be introduced from November 1, Ryanair is cutting checked bag fees, increasing check-in bag sizes and restricting the number of passengers allowed to carry two pieces of luggage onto flights.

The move is aimed at encouraging more passengers to check in bags and reduce the numbers carrying two bags onto flights.

Ryanair went ahead with a reduction in the charge for a check-in bag from €/£35 to €/£25 and the increase in baggage allowance from 15kg to 20kg from September 26.

Today the airline announced that as of January 15, only passengers paying £5 for priority boarding, including Plus, Flexi Plus & Family Plus, will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft. All other, non-priority, customers will only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board the aircraft, while their second, bigger, wheelie bag must be placed in the hold – free of charge – at the boarding gate

Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “We will delay the introduction of our new cabin bag rules until 15th January 2018, to allow our customers more time to familiarise themselves with the policy changes.

“We have already introduced the first phase of the new bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33% 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 January 15 2018, and we hope our customers will enjoy the savings of our new simplified bag policy.”

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