gilesdavies
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Wizzair To Trial Charging For "large" Hand Baggage

Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:54 pm

Looks like Wizzair have decided to take a leaf out of Spirit Airlines books, and are to trial a policy on their LTN-KTW route this August, where there is going to be a two tiered size hand baggage policy...

Passengers choosing to travel with hand baggage up to 42x32x25cm in size will remain free to take on board the aircraft, which is around the size of regular sized sports branded backpack.

BUT they are to start charging €10 to passengers each way, if they have larger hand baggage up to the size of 55x40x20cm, which is roughly the size of a small "role-on" trolley baggage.

http://wizzair.com/en-GB/about_us/news#wizen119

I've always been a great fan of Wizzair, and found them a great airline to fly with, offering excellent service and generally good value. I am one of those passengers that does try to avoid as much of the LCC fees as possible, and nearly always just travel with hand luggage if only away for a few days, so personally I am very disappointed with this news and just praying the trial fails!

I can however see if Wizzair pioneers this new policy, it is only a matter of time until the other European low cost airlines launch a similar policy...

As well as the cost side of things, I just think this adds another level of complexity and makes traveling with these airlines an even less pleasant experience! Wizzair however disagrees and thinks this will make the experience more pleasant, by speeding up the boarding process, reducing over crowding in the overhead baggage compartments and reduce the risk of hand luggage been offloaded if they run out of space.

I personally think that translates to, in simpleton terms, the current baggage policy is a victim of its own success, with more passengers avoiding the current luggage fees and the airlines looking to find a new revenue fee.

I've travelled on full 737-800's with 189 passengers and full A320's with 180 passengers on, and there has never really been a major hand baggage issue. The only problem I have seen is, if there are late stragglers on to the flight, the passengers hand luggage may have to be stored in an overhead locker away from where they are sitting.

I find the issue with hand luggage is far worse with the legacy carriers, when traveling in economy, where the size rules don't seem to be enforced or adhered to as vigorously.

Anyway made my point of view clear and know this is a differing subject with many passengers.
 
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RE: Wizzair To Trial Charging For "large" Hand Baggage

Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:15 pm

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
I can however see if Wizzair pioneers this new policy, it is only a matter of time until the other European low cost airlines launch a similar policy...

I agreee...only a matter of time beofre FR get on this bandwagon.

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
Wizzair however disagrees and thinks this will make the experience more pleasant, by speeding up the boarding process, reducing over crowding in the overhead baggage compartments and reduce the risk of hand luggage been offloaded if they run out of space.

More pleasant....more "enhancements" to the service! I took have never seen any problem with space on a fully booked 737. Maybe it's the Wizz clientle that have a higher number of people with full sized carry ons.
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RE: Wizzair To Trial Charging For "large" Hand Baggage

Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:31 pm

In some sense this *is* called for. Charging for hand- and checked luggage would IMO be better than just the other one. We all know what happens if checked luggage costs, but hand-luggage is free.
 
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RE: Wizzair To Trial Charging For "large" Hand Baggage

Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:58 am

God I hate airlines that do this! They're hauling the bags on themselves...and you're charging them for it?
 
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RE: Wizzair To Trial Charging For "large" Hand Baggage

Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:30 am

Too much cabin baggage, takes time and staff to tag and load into the hold at the gate, can delay a departure, delays cost money, reactionary delays mean by the evening flights are more and more delayed.

Delays cost money and passengers perception that an airline is always late.

For the low cost model this makes sense to me, as has been said if youre going to charge more and more for checked in baggage you're clearly going to get more and more cabin baggage which causes problems.
 
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RE: Wizzair To Trial Charging For "large" Hand Baggage

Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:52 am

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
Passengers choosing to travel with hand baggage up to 42x32x25cm in size will remain free to take on board the aircraft, which is around the size of regular sized sports branded backpack.

BUT they are to start charging €10 to passengers each way, if they have larger hand baggage up to the size of 55x40x20cm, which is roughly the size of a small "role-on" trolley baggage.

I wonder if this ugly race to the bottom will ever end ?

It seems most airlines are strapped for cash, and this is very stimulating for the creativity to invent new obsticals and then charging customers to get around them.

Next thing could be charging the customer for tear and wear of the seats, fees for using the self check-inn machines etc. etc.

I do hope the travelling public will start to reward and choose those airlines that uses a more fair price-structure and aviod airlines that basically punishes you for travelling in anything other than your underwear.
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RE: Wizzair To Trial Charging For "large" Hand Baggage

Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:23 pm

Quoting Dahlgardo (Reply 5):
I do hope the travelling public will start to reward and choose those airlines that uses a more fair price-structure and aviod airlines that basically punishes you for travelling in anything other than your underwear.

In that case those fair airlines might want to think about lowering their very expensive prices. Right now I always pay about maximum 40 euro return for Budapest - Eindhoven on FR or W6 ( often much less ). Cheapest KLM ticket is 200, with very rarely a 140 euro return. Plus the fact that AMS is not the place I have to be.

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