It seems that free carry-ons will soon be history, at least on low-cost carriers. Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, has said that additional charges for carry-on bags are “inevitable” although his airline has no current plans to impose any such fee in the short-term, according to The Daily Telegraph.
O’Leary added that airlines will try to use carry-on bags as a new revenue stream. He noted that this measure will be hard to implement for Ryanair at present as it will increase the aircraft turn-around times.
Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air started charging passengers for large carry-ons last year. The airline charges 10-20 Euros ($13-26) for carry-ons depending on the size, time of booking and peak/non-peak season status of the flights.
US low-cost carrier, Spirit Air, began charging fees for carry-on luggage in 2010, with Allegiant Air following Spirit’s lead in 2012.