EasyJet sets extra luggage charges

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Budget carrier EasyJet sets new charges to passengers in a bid to raise its income flow. The new charges are related to the usage of luggage space. The customers who want to use overhead lockers will have to buy more expensive tickets.

This move sparkled criticism on social media, bur EasyJet said the changes to its luggage policy will start on 10 February.

Customers who don't buy the more expensive tickets will be restricted to putting a small carry-on bag under their seat. EasyJet said the changes would improve punctuality.

But some customers reacted with dismay on Twitter, with one calling it an "absolutely terrible move".

However some customers welcomed the move, saying it would free up storage space.

Currently, all customers are allowed to fly with a cabin bag measuring up to 56 x 45 x 25cm, enabling them to put small wheelie suitcases into overhead lockers.

But under the new rules, passengers who want to travel with an additional bag of this size as hand luggage must buy a more expensive ticket such as an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat. Prices range from £7,99 more expensive than a standard fare, up to £29,99 on longer flights.

People who also buy a more expensive Flexi fare or are members of the carrier's frequent flyer scheme will also continue to be allowed to take one small and one large item of hand luggage with them, subject to space on board.

EasyJet customers with an existing booking for travel from February 10 who do not want to pay more will be able to check in a larger cabin bag in the aircraft hold free of charge.

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