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Irish Minister's fury over Ryanair $120 baggage fee
For the busy summer season, Ryanair passengers will have to pay £5 more for their checked luggage - making the first checked bag £20 ($29) , and second bag £40 ($58). The real kicker comes when you are unable to check in online - which will double the checked bag fee to £40 for the first bag and £80 for the second.
With these numbers, a family of two (each with two bags) that finds themselves unable to do an online check in could be paying as much as $350 for the right to travel with their bags. And when you consider that seats on Ryanair sell for as little as $5, you'll see why a bargain airline isn't always the cheapest option.
Irish Finance Minister Sammy Wilson is so outraged, that he is urging passengers to take their business elsewhere. Mr. Wilson says Ryanair is treating passengers with "arrogance and disdain".
Of course, the big winner in this new fee scheme is Ryanair- just this week, they announced a healthy profit from the past year, making them one of just a handful of profitable airlines in the world. So - if you plan to travel on Ryanair this summer season, be sure to verify that you can do online check in, and that you pack your stuff in one bag, otherwise you may burn through all your vacation cash in just a few flights.
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