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Ryanair baggage fee policy ruled as 'abusive' in Spain

Ryanair baggage fee policy ruled as 'abusive' in Spain”

The airline allows one small bag per passenger into the cabin for free only if it can be stowed under the seat in front.

Irish carrier Ryanair said the company will not change its policy on baggage fees despite the judge's decision as it was an "isolated case" in a lower court in Madrid. Larger bags can also require a luggage fee.

She told MailOnline: 'This ruling will not affect the validity of Ryanair's baggage policy, either in the past or in the future.

In a landmark ruling, the court termed the charge "abusive" after a passenger complained following a trip from Madrid to Brussels.

Although an Italian competition watchdog fined Ryanair millions of euros for deceptive fair advertising related to its baggage fee policy, the airline pointed out that an Italian court annulled the ruling.

In February of this year, Italy's antitrust authority fined Ryanair €3m and Hungary's Wizzair €1m arguing that the airlines has increased ticket prices in a "non-transparent" way.

The court ordered Ryanair to refund the passenger the 20 euros plus interest, but rejected her demand for compensation of a further 10 euros for the suffering she claimed to have experienced.

Luggage can be easily installed in the cabin, the judge said.

However, compensation was ruled out as the judge did not deem the case to have caused enough stress to the disgruntled passenger.

The airline said it would not change its policy.

Ryanair said the court found the policy to be "transparent and fully compliant with CJEU jurisprudence and European Union law".

However, the judge in Madrid's mercantile court sided with the customer in the ruling and the budget airline must now return the €20 to the passenger.

When asked if it was planning to ignore the Spanish ruling or appeal it in the European Court of Justice, Ryanair declined to comment.

However, it can be really annoying with the extra charges, like the cabin bag fee.



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