Another airline scraps free hand luggage for passengers

ANOTHER airline popular with Brits has scrapped free hand luggage for passengers.

Finnair has confirmed that they will be introducing a new base fare that will no longer include a free suitcase in the cabin.

Finnair is reducing the baggage allowance for passengers


Finnair is reducing the baggage allowance for passengersPhoto credit: AP

Dubbed the Superlight ticket, it replaces the Economy Light option on flights to and from Europe.

From June 1, passengers are only allowed to take a small bag measuring 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm into the cabin, which must fit under the seat.

This must also include duty-free bags, so passengers shopping at the airport must leave room.

Larger luggage measuring 55cm x 40cm x 23cm can be added at an additional cost.

Ole Orvér, Finnair’s chief commercial officer, said that while they were “delighted” that travel had resumed after the pandemic, they said the new rules were being introduced to streamline the travel process.

He said: “We are experiencing the well-known issues of excess baggage on board our flights affecting punctuality and travel comfort and we regularly receive feedback from our customers and employees.”

“Therefore, we are making changes to our ticket types and baggage allowances and will also increase hand baggage screening at airports.

“The goal is smoother boarding, on-time departures and travel comfort on board our flights for everyone now that the peak summer season is about to begin.”

Unfortunately, Finnair is just one of many airlines that have waived baggage allowance in the cabin.

With Ryanair and EasyJet, passengers are only allowed to take one small piece of luggage on the flight, suitcases cost extra.

EasyJet passengers can take only one bag measuring 45cm x 36cm x 20cm, an additional suitcase costs from £5.99.

Ryanair passengers can only take one smaller bag into the cabin, measuring 40cm x 20cm x 25cm, with an additional suitcase costing from £8

Wizz Air passengers can only take one piece of baggage measuring 40cm x 30cm x 20cm into the cabin free of charge.

Airlines are cracking down on passengers who take luggage on flights, and many say they are being forced to check in items even though they will fit in the cabin.

And savvy passengers have unveiled a £10 bag they say is perfect for cabin-only travel.

Many airlines now limit the number of hand luggage items that can be taken into the cabin free of charge


Many airlines now limit the number of hand luggage items that can be taken into the cabin free of chargeCredit: Alamy

Emma James

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