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New Ryanair fee – only for Israel

Airline angers passengers with sudden charge.

Budget carrier Ryanair’s new policy on luggage comes with a premium for its passengers departing Israel, the Jewish Chronicle reports.

As previously reported, passengers who don’t want to pay the usual Ryanair fee for priority boarding will from now on have their larger hand baggage stowed for free in the hold, not in the cabin.

Except in Israel, where passengers without priority boarding are being told to pay €40 extra anyway to check in their large bags, and €50 if they want to keep them until just before boarding.

Israel has been singled out for the special fee because of the additional high security procedures common at Israeli airports, a Ryanair spokesman tells the national daily Yediot Ahronot.

Now, however, the Israel Airports Authority has taken up the matter with Ryanair, arguing that nothing has changed in the country’s security procedures over the last week.

Ryanair flies to Ovda (Eilat) and to Tel Aviv from a number of countries in Europe. Its new baggage rules have infuriated Israeli passengers, many of whom are arriving at the airport without any knowledge of them, although the airline says that “all customers travelling to/from Israel have been informed of these changes by email and on the Ryanair.com website.”

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