New cabin bag rules will apply on EasyJet flights from 10 February. According to the low-cost airline, which operates regular flights to and from Alicante-Elche Airport (albeit with revised schedules this year due to COVID-19 restrictions), the new policy means all customers can take a small under-seat cabin bag (maximum 45x36x20cm) onboard free of charge, provided it fits under the seat in front. “This will enable them to bring all the essentials for their journey or enough for a short trip.”
Customers who have booked an “up front” or “extra legroom” seat will be able to bring onboard an additional large cabin bag (maximum 56x45x25cm), to be placed in the overhead locker. EasyJet Plus cardholders and FLEXI fare customers will also continue to have an additional large cabin bag included in their booking, “subject to space onboard”.
The new cabin bag policy will also apply to EasyJet Holidays customers, although these bookings continue to include 23 kilograms of hold luggage per person as standard.
Announcing the new policy, chief commercial and customer officer Robert Carey said, “Punctuality is important to our customers and we know that, if they have their bags placed into the hold at the gate due to the limited space onboard, this can cause flight delays, and it can be frustrating for them too. Our new policy will improve boarding and punctuality for everyone, as well as give our customers certainty of what they will have with them onboard.
“Customers with existing bookings from 10 February will be offered ‘hands free’ for free, allowing them to travel with their cabin bag at no extra cost. For families, we’ll continue to provide a number of options to allow them to bring additional items free of charge, helping keep travel easy and affordable for families when they fly with us.”
EasyJet says there are between 42 and 63 “up front” and “extra legroom” seats available to book onboard each flight depending on the aircraft type, and ranging in price from £7.99. The new policy will be applied on all flights on and after 10 February 2021.
The airline will continue to allow customers to bring some additional items into the cabin free of charge, such as medical equipment and a baby changing bag in addition to cabin bag allowance. Customers travelling with a child can still bring two items for free in addition to cabin bag allowance including a travel cot, pushchair, double pushchair, buggy, car seat, collapsible or non-collapsible pram, booster seat and/or baby back carrier.
For those needing any of these items to get to the boarding gate, they will be collected before boarding the plane and put in the hold for free to collect at the baggage carousel on arrival. “If they are within the dimensions of the large overhead cabin bag, they can go onboard if there is room, or checked into the hold for free at the gate.”
EasyJet notes that it continues to offer flexibility for customers, “providing the option to change their flights without paying a change fee up to 14 days before departure. If government restrictions change we’ll also remove the change fee, even within 14 days of departure, so customers can easily change their plans last minute.”
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