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Low cost airlines seem to be hitting new lows as Wizz Air, a Hungarian low cost airline, considers the possibility of charging passengers for their carry-on luggage. They wouldn’t be the first in the world, but at least the first in Europe to do it.

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Another fee, another reason not to travel with a low cost airline… Wizz Air isn’t winning any hearts with their latest news: additional fee for carry-on luggage. By now we’re used to (begrudgingly) dishing out for checked luggage, credit and debit card fees, airport and online check-in, among others. For now the airline will experiment with a one month trial, starting August 1st, 2012 on flights between London Luton and Katowice.

If all goes well (meaning, if Wizz Air makes a noticeable profit) it will be rolled out across the airline’s network in the near future.

Two classes of hand luggage

Carry-on luggage will now be put into two different categories as follows:

  • Carry-on with maximum dimensions of 42 x 32 x 25cm, weighing up to 10kg
  • Carry-on with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm, weighing up to 10kg

What’s the difference? A few square centimetres but if your bag is slightly on the larger side you will be expected to pay €10 per flight to bring it onboard. Armed with a tape measure and scale, the smaller carry-on luggage is hardly larger than a laptop bag or a small backpack. Is that enough space for budget-conscious travellers?

What's in my bag

The fine print

If your carry-on bag weighs more than 10kg or is larger than 55 x 40 x 20cm, it must be checked into the hold which will cost €20 on flights shorter than 1 hour 50 minutes and €25 on flights longer than 1 hour 50 minutes. The airline hopes the move to charging passengers for large carry-ons will encourage passengers to pack less. And as if they’re trying to lessen the burn, Wizz Air will allow passengers who pay the €10 for their bulky bags to board first.

What do you think about Wizz Air charging for carry-on luggage?

Imgs: Mr T in DC, miss_yasmina / Flickr cc.

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2 responses to “Wizz Air revises their carry-on luggage rules

  1. So if I have a carry on 55 x 40 x 20cm as well as a check in luggage weighing about 23kg, how much will I need to pay in total?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      There are a few different possibilities. You can save a lot of money on your checked luggage if you pay for it online when you book your flights, that’s £13 on flights less than 1:50 hours during low season, £17 on flights more than 1:50 hours in low season or £17 on flights less than 1:50 hours in high season, £21 on flights more than 1:50 hours in high season.

      As for your carry-on, given the dimensions is considered a “large cabin bag” which will cost £9. It also cannot weigh more than 10kg. All of these prices are per flight, per passenger, per bag.

      Hope that helps!

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