easyJet has changed its baggage policy.
The airline is seeking to reduce the number of passengers who travel with checked-in bags by rewarding those who choose to pack smarter and travel lighter.
From today, Friday 3rd August 2007, new reservations for travel from 1st October 2007 onwards will be subject to a fee for each piece of hold baggage of £2* per flight sector, up to the maximum total hold baggage weight per passenger of 20kg, which is unchanged. This replaces the previous policy where the first hold bag was free but subsequent bags were charged at £5 per item.
easyJet passengers will still be able to take advantage of one of Europe’s most generous hand baggage allowances - with a free carry-on bag policy of up to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm with no weight restriction.
Fewer checked-in bags can help to improve the operational performance of airports and to attribute the appropriate cost to those passengers who require the service of checked-in baggage. Fewer bags will also play a part in reducing the environmental impact of aviation and in the long-term could lead to airports needing simpler and cheaper baggage facilities.
Andy Harrison, easyJet Chief Executive said:
“It’s about getting people to pack smarter, travel lighter and travel cheaper.”