EC quizzed by MEP Alfred Sant on Ryanair’s baggage policy

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European Commission quizzed by Alfred Sant on Ryanair's baggage policyMEP Alfred Sant has quizzed the European Commission on Ryanair’s baggage policy, asking if it has any plans to follow up on the Italian Competition Authority’s investigation into the policy.

He also queried with the Commission on if it has any plans to carry similar investigations on other carriers that have the same type of pricing structures.

The MEP explained that last month, the Italian Competition Authority announced that it was opening an investigation on Ryanair’s policy of charging passengers for carry-on hand luggage.

Consumers will be allowed to take with them for free a small, single carry-on bag, such as a purse or laptop case. However, consumers will be charged for a 10kg carry-on hand luggage, he said.

According to the Italian Competition Authority, these items are an “essential element of transport.” Therefore, it said, “Ryanair and all other carriers, should include the price of the full ticket costs.”

Dr Sant concluded that the same Authority is accusing Ryanair of “unfair commercial practices because this practice distorts the final price of the ticket, and does now allow for a true comparison with airline prices.”

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