Ryanair, Wizzair fined in Italy over cabin bag policy

February 21, 2019
Italy's antitrust authorities fined two low-cost airlines over their cabin baggage policy

Italy's antitrust authority on Thursday slapped fines on low cost airlines Ryanair and Wizzair over their cabin baggage policy.

Both carriers allow small bags into the cabin free of charge only if they can be stowed under the seat in front of passengers.

Bigger bags of up to 10 kilos require a luggage fee, or a fee-paying priority boarding pass.

Ryanair was fined three million euros ($3.4 million) and Wizzair one million euros.

The Italian antitrust agency said that most passengers expected to travel with a larger carry-on bag and that by imposing an extra payment of between 5 and 25 euros the airlines were raising in a "non-transparent" manner.

After Ryanair announced its new cabin bag policy in August, Italian regulators ordered the airline - as well as Hungary's Wizzair - to suspend the measure, saying it misled consumers and distorted competition with carriers that transported cabin luggage for free.

Ryanair rejected the Italian decision, saying its was transparent and helped flight punctuality as it speeded up boarding.

It went into effect in November.

Explore further: Italy tells Ryanair, Wizz Air to suspend bag charge

Related Stories

Italy to sue Ryanair, Wizz Air over bag charge

November 7, 2018

Italy's competition watchdog said on Wednesday it will begin legal proceedings against low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air for failing to suspend controversial charges for carry-on bags.

Ryanair recognises cabin crew union in Ireland

August 30, 2018

Ryanair said Thursday it has agreed to recognise Ireland-based cabin crew who have union membership, stepping up a drawn-out process to improve workers' conditions and avert strikes.

Recommended for you

Earth's deep mantle flows dynamically

March 25, 2019

As ancient ocean floors plunge over 1,000 km into the Earth's deep interior, they cause hot rock in the lower mantle to flow much more dynamically than previously thought, finds a new UCL-led study.

Scientists solve mystery shrouding oldest animal fossils

March 25, 2019

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered that 558 million-year-old Dickinsonia fossils do not reveal all of the features of the earliest known animals, which potentially had mouths and guts.

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

AndrewBaker
not rated yet Feb 22, 2019
Personally, I have never, and hope never, to take a flight on a so-called budget airline flight. In my view they have nothing to recommend them, giving the worse service imaginable to passengers squashed into seats as small as they may be made, whilst charging for anything extra they can, which does raise the cost of a flight in a very murky and unreasonable way. For those who like 'cheap and cheerful' (for want of a better term), good luck. Oh, and the fines will be paid for by more pricing gerrymandering.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.