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