WIZZ Air has announced it is set to change its cabin bag policy, and it seems the airline has a taken a leaf out of Ryanair ‘s book.
Under WIZZ Air’s new rules, all passengers will be entitled to one free carry-on bag (40x30x20cm) on board – but anyone who wants to bring a second bag will need to fork out an extra €5– €12 (online or through the airline’s call centre).
Passengers will have a choice between paying for priority boarding, or paying up to €7 to have a second bag of up to 10kg (a new dimension brought in under the changing regulations) which can be checked in at the hold at the gate(and must fit the dimensions 50x40x23cm).
It’s extremely similar to that of Ryanair’s new cabin policy , which also sees passengers having to pay extra if they want to bring a second piece of hand luggage.
In fact, Ryanair also offers a similar choice between paying extra for priority boarding (up to £6), or for a new checked 10kg bag option (up to £8) which can be checked in the hold at the gate for no extra cost.
The 10kg option is good news for both airlines’ passengers who had planned to check in a second bag anyway, but didn’t need the 20kg space, as it does mean cheaper rates compared to the usual fares for the 20kg bag (Ryanair charges up to £25, WIZZ Air charges up to €70).
But of course it still leaves passengers having to pay extra to bring a second bag at all.
The pricing is the only real difference we can spot between the two policies which, incidentally, will both be in place from Thursday 1st November.
WIZZ Air passengers who had already made a booking before the 10th October for the travel period after the 1st November will be upgraded; non priority will be offered a free 10kg checked in bag, while bookings with checked bags will be upgraded to WIZZ Priority.
The airline claims that the new policy is aiming to be more customer-friendly, as the 10kg bag opens up another option for travellers who want a second bag but don’t need the 20kg space.
It also says that the reason for the change is to offer more checked in bag variations.
Johan Eidhagen, Chief Marketing Officer of Wizz Air said: "Passengers want unbundled products and that is at the heart of Wizz Air’s Ultra-Low Cost Model.
"We want to offer our customers the lowest possible fares as well as a transparent view of ticket pricing. By unbundling products and services, Wizz Air democratizes travel and allows for a pay-per-need offer.”
He later added: "We are delighted to introduce our new, transparent and fair-for-all baggage policy which offers the widest selection of baggage choices for our customers, while allowing a free carry-on bag for every passenger.
"We are convinced that our versatile offer of more than 50 baggage combinations will address the needs of our customers in a personalized manner and our passengers will continue to pay only for those services they want to use.
"Starting 1 November we will make travelling more comfortable while continuously offering the lowest possible fares throughout our extensive network of 143 destinations in 44 countries."
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