Wizz Air has announced it is to introduce a new €10 (£9) fee for large cabin bags on all its flights.
During August, the airline conducted a trial on routes between Katowice and London Luton to evaluate a new cabin baggage policy, introducing 2 types of cabin baggage – large and small. The objective of the trial was to see whether incentivizing passengers to bring a small (free) cabin bag onboard and charging for larger cabin bags, the number of large, bulky items in the cabin would be reduced and have a positive impact on on-time performance and customer experience.
The result of the trial was a 20% reduction in larger bags brought into the cabin.
In addition to the new charge, the airline has made the following changes to its hand luggage policy following feedback from the trial:
- The 10kg weight limit for cabin bags (small or large) will be eliminated until further notice. Passengers can now bring onboard a (small or large) cabin bag of any weight as long as they can lift the bag into the cabin unassisted
- The size of the large cabin bag has been increased to meet IATA standard measurements (56x45x25cm)
From today, 4 October, passengers booking Wizz Air flights (excluding Wizz Air Ukraine) for travel from 24 October onwards can travel with a free small cabin bag (up to 42x32x25cm) or pay a £9 online fee to bring a large cabin bag (up to 56x45x25cm) on board.
Goods purchased at the airport after security will continue to be allowed in the cabin for free.