Ryanair retains higher Canary Island bag charges

Ryanair passengers to the Canary Islands will pay more to check in bags than those flying to other destinations from September after the airline reneged on a promise to return all fees to their former level after the summer.

The no-frills carrier will reduce checked-baggage charges on other routes after increasing the fees for July and August.

But passengers to the Canary Islands will continue to pay £20 each way to check in a 15kg bag online, or £30 for 20kg. Other passengers will pay £15 or £25 each way.

Ryanair introduced the higher bag charges for peak summer in early April, promising: “From September 1, the checked-in bag fee will return to its current fee of £15.”

It made no mention of the Canary Islands then or in a subsequent announcement in mid June notifying passengers of the introduction of two-tier bag charges.

Confirming the promised reduction on most flights, Ryanair said retaining higher fees to the Canary Islands would “encourage passengers to travel light”.

Ryanair’s baggage check-in fees are the highest from the UK and its weight allowances among the lowest. Traditional scheduled airlines such as British Airways and charter carriers check in bags of 20kg-23kg without charge.

The Irish carrier also charges more to check-in at an airport – a 15kg bag costing £35 each way and 20kg £45.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “Almost 90% of Ryanair’s Canary Islands passengers will be unaffected by these changes because they already travel without checked-in bags.”

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