Ryanair’s income from in-flight extras exceeds GDP of 30 countries

Ryanair rakes in more cash from its in-flight extras than the whole economic turnover of 30 different countries.

The budget airline made around £2.2billion in “ancillary revenue” in 2018 – covering add-ons such as bringing a larger carry-on bag, priority boarding or selecting specific seats.

This means the low-cost carrier made more than the GDP of countries such as Lesotho, Bhutan, Liberia and Belize, according to UN figures.

Ryanair was fifth in the list of the airlines who make the most from in-flight extras behind giants American, and Southwest, according to research group IdeaWorks Company.

The add-ons make up 31 percent of Ryanair's annual revenue, the Daily Star reported.

Ryanair changed its baggage policy last year. Those who opt for priority boarding on a Ryanair flight are charged £6.

Under Ryanair baggage policy, non priority passengers can bring one free small personal bag which can't be bigger than 40cm x 20cm x 25cm. (aka a handbag, laptop bag or small backpack).

But passengers who want to bring on a regular carry-on bag have to pay a 'priority' fee, at a cost of up to £12.

If you paid for priority boarding you can also bring a free small personal bag, as well as a cabin bag that must not weigh more than 10kg and must fit in the overhead locker.

Passengers who wish to reserve a specific flight are charged between £15 and £22.50.

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