Fees and restrictions, caused by new airport security rules in EU, have made cheap air flights more expensive.
This is a quick update to the low cost airline reviews I have written for Easy Jet and Ryanair airlines.

Hand baggage requirements have become stricter

You can find guide to new hand baggage rules here. Both Easy Jet and Ryanair require that size of hand baggage must be 55cm x 40cm x x20cm or smaller.

Ryanair limits carry on baggage weight limit to 10kg, while Easy Jet has no limit. You are only limited by what you are able to lift to an overhead compartment, without help.

Free hold baggage allowance is getting smaller

Ryanair, as you may already know, does not offer free hold allowance, at all. They say you have 15kg allowance when traveling with them, but you have to pay 6€ fee for each and every bag you check in. You can check in up to five baggage items.
Excess baggage fee is 8€ for every extra kilo.

Easy Jet is a bit cheaper. They give you 20 kg hold baggage allowance with one bag free. Every extra bag is charged 7.5€ prepaid or 15€ at the airport. Extra baggage fee is 9€ per kilo.

For health and safety reasons you are not permitted to check in any baggage item over 32kg in weight or with size greater than 119cm x 8cm x 8cm. This actually applies to most airlines in the world not just Ryanair or Easy Jet.

The information written here was correct at the time of writing, but it can change. Check the website of your airline to be certain there won’t be any unpleasant and costly surprises when you come to the airport.

I hope the tips you find here make planning your next flight easier. Have a nice flight! :-)


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After it was announced yesterday that terrorists tried to blow up several planes flying to US, air travel to and from UK has been disrupted. Flights are cancelled or delayed and securities are stricter.

If you need to use some of the UK airports and are looking for information on the current status, try the website of the airline you are flying with and website of the airport you are supposed to depart from.

The usual rules about hand luggage do not apply, since that was the way terrorists wanted to smuggle explosives aboard. Basically you can take only essential items in one transparent bag.

These items are:

* Pocket-size wallets and pocket-size purses (with money, credit cards, identity cards etc.)
* Travel documents (passports and travel tickets)
* Prescription medicines and medical items essential for the flight (eg, diabetic kit), except in liquid form (unless verified as authentic)
* Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases
* Contact lens holders (without bottles of solution)
* For those travelling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags)
* Female sanitary items if unboxed
* Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
* Keys (but no electrical key fobs).

Notice that you can’t take liquids aboard and do not put anything in pockets.

All passengers will be hand searched and their footwear, all items they are carrying including pushchairs and walking aids will be X- ray screened. Only airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point. Passengers flying to US will be searched again on the boarding gate.

As you may imagine significant delays at airports are inevitable.

I sincerely hope that everything will turn to normal soon and I wish you a safe flight! :-)

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This is the first part of the “Europe Low Cost Airlines” series.
EasyJet is one of the largest low cost airlines in Europe. They operate an ever-expanding network offering cheap air flights on 267 routes between 75 key European airports. (At least so they were on the date of writing) For this year they announced new routes for Split and Rijeka in Croatia, Marrakech in Morocco and Istanbul in Turkey.

You can book their tickets same as most low cost airline tickets - by going to their website, or by calling their sales center. On the website you can get a ₤10 discount on return flight.
Payment is done via credit or debit card and some handling fees apply. Advertised prices do not include airport taxes, which you will also pay.

Since Easy Jet does not issue tickets, all you need for check-in is your booking reference and some form of Photo ID. Check-in desks are open from two hours till 30 minutes before flight departure. Make sure you are there on time since low cost airline tickets are non-refundable. If you have only hand baggage, you can check-in online. EasyJet is introducing self-check-in kiosks. They are already operational at Nottingham East Midlands, Geneva and Berlin.

You can take only one piece of hand baggage with you. Free hold baggage allowance is 20 kg. Charge for extra baggage is ₤5 per kilo. They are very strict about it, so better weigh your baggage before you leave home.

EasyJet operates a free seating policy based on priority boarding system. This means, the sooner you check-in, greater the chance that you will find the seat you like.

Important: If you are having connecting flights leave enough time between flights to collect your baggage and check-in again.

UPDATE: I have written some update regarding hand baggage and hold baggage rules here.

Hope I helped you find some low cost airline tickets with Easy Jet. Take care and have a nice flight! :-)


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