Ryanair and Wizz Air hand luggage policies ruled legal
Ryanair and WizzAir will no longer be fined for their recent hand luggage policy changes, an Italian court has ruled. Ryanair had been accused of distorting the price of a ticket with its limited luggage allowance – but the threatened hefty fine has now been suspended.
Ryanair and Wizz Air will not have to pay millions of euros in fines as a result of their hand luggage policy, it has been ruled. In February, Italian authorities hit Ryanair with a fine of €3million and Wizz Air €1million. The move came as Italy’s competition watchdog – Antitrust – accused Ryanair of distorting the price of a ticket by making passengers pay for hand luggage.
In November 2018, Ryanair hand luggage was limited to one small personal bag on board for free measuring no more than 40cm x 20cm x 25cm.
Meanwhile, Wizz Air hand luggage was also restricted to just a small carry on bag in the cabin for free which must measure no more than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm.
Antitrust opened an inquiry, claiming hand luggage was “an essential element of transport” and should be included in the headline fare.
“The policy offers the widest selection of baggage choices to passengers, allowing WIZZ customers to select from more than 50 carry-on and checked in baggage variations based on their individual preferences.
“Wizz Air believes that this transparent and clear approach to baggage policy will contribute to a more comfortable and quicker boarding, a better customer experience and at the same time enhance the airline’s on time departure performance.
“With more certainty that a bag can fit on board and a new, wider selection of baggage size and weight options, customers now have an unprecedented assortment of combinations to choose from.”
The competition watchdog accused the airlines of increasing the ticket price in a “non-transparent way” and “deceiving” consumers.
However, the court has now suspended the Italian Competition Authority’s (AGCM) previous order obliging the airlines to suspend their baggage policy and pay the fines.