The future of add-on charges?

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  1. codash1099

    codash1099 Established Member

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    From www.flightglobal.com

    Ryanair to charge for airport check-in
    By Victoria Moores



    Irish budget carrier Ryanair is to start charging passengers £2 or €3 for airport check-in across its entire network, but is abolishing its web check-in fees.
    Ryanair has been charging £2 or €3 for Internet check-in and priority boarding, while airport check-in was free of charge. But from 20 September it will reverse this policy.
    A Ryanair spokeswoman says: “The uptake for web check-in hasn’t been particularly good, because the charge acted as a disincentive.”
    The move is aimed at discouraging passengers from checking in bags and using airport desks, which add to Ryanair’s overheads, instead encouraging them to travel light and use Internet check-in.
    Passengers travelling with hold baggage will not be able to use the web check-in service. They will therefore have to pay a £2 per person check-in fee, plus £5 per item of luggage and a further £2 should they want priority boarding – a perk which is free to those checking in online.
    “[The baggage fee] may well go up in future, because what we are doing is trying to discourage passengers from carrying large amounts of luggage,” says a Ryanair spokesman.
    Ryanair flights are available for online check-in from 48 hours before departure. The service closes at minus 4 hours.
     

  2. moa999

    moa999 Senior Member

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    And what is the %ge of customers that travel on an LCC with 7kg of carry-on.

    Seems a very weird policy
     
  3. thadocta

    thadocta Active Member

    Not if the aim of the policy is to increase revenue. Seems quite sane to me, if that is the objective.

    Dave
     
  4. Standby

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    I read an article about Ryan Airs most recent result and they admit 18% of all their earnt revenue comes non-fare revenue.That includes cars/hotels/insurance but increasingly rev from items usually associated with an air fare (on non LCCs)like food/baggage/lounges (to a degree)inflight entertainment.
    This is just another way of growing revenue as they expand without added costs of airport staff to meet the growth.Tiger when they start are only allowing 15kgs of free baggage.The airport staff actually become their own profit centre
     
  5. codash1099

    codash1099 Established Member

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    Will air fares ever routinely become incidental to the cost of flying? There are instances now where this already seems to be the case.
     
  6. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    I wonder which genius decided to put a fee on OLCI in the first place.
     
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