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Court Reverses Ryanair’s Fine of Millions of Euros for Carryon Policy

Written by Charlie

Ryanair is now free to continue their very restrictive carryon policiy. A European court reversed the fine that had been in the millions against Ryanair and Wizzair.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how an Italian agency had fined both Ryanair and Wizzair for their carryon baggage policies. This would have, effectively, prevented Ryanair from continuing their policy they enacted last year on carryon bags.

Court Reverses Ryanair’s Fine of Millions of Euros for Carryon Policy

Court Reverses Carryon Fines for Ryanair and Wizzair

Ryanair fined millions

Ryanair and Wizzair were given 60 days to show their new measures to bring their policies into compliance. Of course, they both had said they would take this to court. Now, an Italian court has ruled that this fine will be suspended which clears the way for Ryanair and Wizzair to continue their current carryon policies.

The Italian Competition Agency’s Original Statement

The Italian agency had released this statement back in February, stating, in part, “changes made by the two airlines to their rules for transportation of large carry-on luggage, i.e. pull-along cases, deceive the consumer about the actual price of the ticket , as this no longer includes an essential element of the air transport contract – the “large carry-on luggage”-  in the basic fare. The changes made are therefore to be regarded an unfair commercial practice.”

Downside of the Carryon Policies

The downside of the new policies with these airlines is that it has created a situation where sale prices can be shown that do not include what most people would assume would be a normal carryon bag. US airlines had walked back that basic economy requirement before but who knows how EU airlines will react with this new court ruling backing them up.

Unless you are heading out for the night, a $10 ticket on Ryanair could also cost you another $10 just for your carryon bag. In fact, in some cases, your normal carryon back could cost more to transport than it does to transport you!

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • I don’t understand the problem – Ryanair is very clear about its requirements, with warning signs throughout the booking process. You are completely free to use another airline.

    Whilst I don’t enjoy Ryanair, it serves a purpose. It’s great for same day business trips, where a laptop and some papers is all I need. They are reliable and boarding and de-boarding are very quick, partly because people don’t carry too much junk with them.