US airline to charge £26 for hand luggage
Budget US carrier Spirit Airlines, described as the North American equivalent of Ryanair, has announced plans to charge passengers up to $100 (£62) per person to carry hand luggage on board its aircraft. compare credit cards
The eye-watering fees will apply to those who opt to pay at the departure gate and will come into effect from 6 November. The extortionate fee replaces the existing $45 charge.
Those who choose to pay for hand luggage at the check-in desk will face a whopping $50 (£31) fee, up from $40 (£25). Those who pay online will be charged $35 (£22), up from $30 (£19).
The high fee will come as a shock to US passengers, but Sprit Airlines claims the charge is a necessity.
“Spirit offers customers multiple opportunities to avoid this unnecessary fee and save money,” said a spokesman for the airline.
“By planning ahead and paying for bags before getting to the boarding gate, our customers are saving time at the airport and speeding up the boarding process. When our customers choose these time-saving, self-service options, our costs go down, and we can pass those savings along to our customers.”
A rising number of airlines in the USA are taking on the policy of charging passengers to take hand luggage on an aircraft. This is largely down to increasing fuel costs and attempts to maintain profits.
Another North American carrier, Allegiant Air, charges passengers a massive $35 to take their bags into the cabin.
Popular low fares Hungarian airline, Wizz Air, has also been trialling a charge on its service between Luton and Katowice, Poland.
Passengers on the short-haul route carrying hand luggage larger than 42cm x 32cm x 25cm must pay €10 (£7.90).
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