Ryanair’s new bag charging policy has led to improved punctuality by the airline the first week since being introduced.

The no-frills carrier revealed that 88% of flights have arrived on-time since November 1, against 77% in the seven days prior to the change in policy.

This as been the result of faster boarding times and fewer flight delays at airports across Europe.

Faster access through airport security has also been seen as the volume of carry-on bags falls, according to the airline.

Under the new policy passengers not paying for priority boarding must pay €8 at the time of booking to have a second 10kg bag checked in and can only carry one small bag on board.

Only those paying for priority boarding can continue to bring two carry-on bags on board.

Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “We’ve received lots of positive feedback from our customers and airports across Europe that our new bag policy has reduced airport security queues and improved the boarding gate experience, with 11% better punctuality, as we eliminate free gate bags and related flight delays.

“Ryanair customers have already saved millions of euro as they switch from our €25 x 20kg checked bag to our new lower cost €8 x 10kg checked bag option.

“Up to 50% of customers continue to bring two free carry-on bags as they choose our priority boarding service.”