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.”