[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 3 August 2007, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Easyjet to charge for all luggage
Easyjet plane taking off
Easyjet 's hand luggage allowance is unchanged
Budget airline Easyjet has said that it is to charge customers for every piece of luggage that they check in to the plane's hold.

Each bag - weighing up to 20kg - will cost 2. Currently the first bag is free but each subsequent bag costs 5.

The airline said it was trying to reduce the number of passengers who travelled with checked-in bags.

"It's about getting people to pack smarter, travel lighter and travel cheaper," Easyjet said.

Its policy on carry-on luggage will not be affected.

Rival Ryanair already charges for all bags that are checked in.

The airlines say that handling fewer bags can help airports run more smoothly - and argue that those who do not have luggage should not have to pay for those who do require the service.

In February British Airways announced that some travellers would pay to check in a second piece of luggage.


SEE ALSO
Easyjet knocks air passenger duty
07 Feb 07 |  Business
Air tax increase comes into force
01 Feb 07 |  Business
Easyjet expands as profits soar
14 Nov 06 |  Business
Security alert cost Easyjet 4m
07 Sep 06 |  Business
Easyjet charges for second bags
01 Sep 06 |  Beds/Bucks/Herts

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific