Cramming an entire holiday wardrobe into your hand luggage can be a major downside of flying on budget airlines.
Now the news that low-cost airline Wizz Air is set to charge airlines for passengers for carry-on items will deal a further blow to holidaymakers.
The charges are to be trialled on Wizz Air flights between Luton and Katowice, Poland. Set to begin in August, the trial will see passengers carrying items larger than a handbag, rucksack or laptop charged £8 (€10).
Bags that are outside the 42cm x 32cm x 25cm dimensions will incur the fee, even if they are able to fit in overhead lockers.
To ensure that there is adequate space for all oversized luggage on the flight, these passengers will be boarded after priority passengers.
Luggage that measures 55cm x 40cm x 20cm or larger, or with a weight of more than 10kg, will need to be checked in.
Travellers who have smaller hand luggage will be able to take it on-board free. However, this is with the provision that they can fit under the seat in front. If the trial policy is successful, the charges will be rolled out across the airline’s entire fleet.
“Wizz Air will now improve the least popular part of flying – the often stressful and inconvenient boarding process,” the airline said.
“We believe an online fee as low as €10 for large cabin baggage will encourage most passengers to bring only one small cabin bag that could easily fit under the seat.”
While Wizz Air’s move is undoubtedly set to incense travellers, Flybe has given them room to breathe by increasing hand baggage sizes for its passengers. This will see a 20 per cent increase from previous hand luggage dimensions to 55 x 40 x 23cm.
“Flybe has listened to our passengers’ feedback in relation to hand-held luggage,” said Simon Lilley, the airline’s director of marketing.
“We know that a lot of our passengers fly day returns or just stay overnight. They enjoy the convenience of hassle-free regional airports and this change will make travelling with hand baggage even easier.”