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EasyJet has announced that it will start charging an additional fee for large carry-on baggage from 10 February 2021. The airline says the new policy will “improve boarding and punctuality and give customers certainty of what they will have with them onboard”.
The carrier says that from that date, passengers will be able to bring an under seat cabin bag (of maximum dimensions 45x36x20cm) on board free of charge but that passengers wanting to take larger bags (max 56x45x25cm) on board will need to book an Up front or Extra legroom seat for a fee starting from £7.99.
Those not wanting to do that will need to put their luggage in the hold at a cost of £7 per bag per flight or £16 for between three and six bags if you are travelling in a group.
Passengers with existing bookings after that date will be able to bring a large cabin bag free of charge but it will be put in the hold.
Robert Carey, easyJet’s chief commercial & customer officer, said: “Punctuality is important to our customers and we know that if they have their bags placed into the hold at the gate due to the limited space onboard this can cause flight delays, and it can be frustrating for them too.
“Our new policy will improve boarding and punctuality for everyone, as well as give our customers certainty of what they will have with them onboard.”
The airline recently announced its first ever loss of £1.27 billion.