Ryanair, easyJet and other dominant budget airlines are charging more for baggage than airline tickets, it has been shown. Travellers are often lured in with the promise of low-prices with budget airlines. Yet as they go to the booking process, charges rocket if they wish to add luggage to go in the clench. An investigation by the Mail on Sunday has revealed these prices now exceed the cost of plain tickets as airlines use luggage charges as a way to increase income.
The newspaper weighed five different budget airlines which fly across Europe.
All of the haulers charge more than a return ticket for extra baggage in a bid to away more money.
For instance, a return Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Copenhagen fetches £29.98.
However, if the passenger adds baggage, this adds a whopping £50 spare onto the price, bringing the total to £79.98.
It’s a similar story with easyJet. A income flight with the orange carrier from London Southend to Faro expenditures £48.47.
Baggage, however, costs £69.23, making the total jump to £117.80.
Man popular low-cost airline Flybe offers a return flight from Doncaster Sheffield to Belfast for £43.98.
Fetching 23kg of luggage will cost the Flybe passenger another £46 – making a come to price of £89.98.
Budget airlines Vueling and Level Airlines were also taught to have baggage prices that exceeded the cost of tickets.
Corresponding to the Mail on Sunday, the percentage of airlines’ overall revenue from impedimenta charges has almost doubled in the last four years.
A Ryanair spokesman revealed: “Our baggage policy is transparent and beneficial to customers.”
An easyJet spokesman supplemented: “easyJet customers have always only paid for what they pine for and this has proved popular with them as we now fly 90m customers a year.
“The actually that a hold bag can be more than the fare is more reflective of the huge value fares that are available.”
Express.co.uk has contacted both Ryanair and easyJet for depth comment on the charges.
A survey carried out last month revealed how the approaching luggage allowances of easyJet and Ryanair compare.
Ryanair was found to comprise the most restricted hand luggage allowance in the survey.