Wizz Air considers extending cabin baggage charge

Wizz Air considers extending cabin baggage charge

Wizz Air is considering extending a charge for cabin baggage currently being trialled on its route between Luton and Katowice in Poland.

Passengers carrying hand luggage larger than 42cm x 32cm x 25cm must pay €10 online for a 'large cabin bag allowance'.

Bags that measure 55cm x 40cm x 20 cm or larger, or weigh over 10kg, have to be checked into the hold – where they can incur a fee of up to €20 (£17) on flights of under one hour and 50 minutes, and up to €25 (£21) on flights of longer duration.

The low-cost airline said the trial, introduced on August 1, had attracted positive feedback from customers. It said 10% of passengers on the route had purchased the large cabin baggage allowance at wizzair.com. Customers who pay the fee are also given priority boarding.

Wizz Air said a small number of passengers had arrived at the airport having not paid the online fee and were forced to pay the higher charge on the spot.

Daniel De Carvalho, corporate communications manager, said: “Wizz Air passengers on this trial route now have the choice of which cabin bag to bring onboard and can fully customise their travel experience.

"We continue to urge passengers to purchase the large cabin bag allowance online for €10 as we are strict in enforcing the increased fee at the airport if a bag does not meet the size and weight requirements.

"In light of the positive feedback we have received in the first days of the trial, we have already begun to consider the full rollout of this new policy across our network."


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