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Wizz Air: new hand baggage policy

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Wizz Air has announced a new, altered cabin baggage policy.

From now taking your bigger bag on board may cost you money!

The announcement was hardly a surprise. When Wizz Air introduced new rules on Katowice – London route for trial period, everyone kind of knew that extending the hand baggage fee to all routes was a question of when, not if.

The new rules are heavily promoted as a measure aiming at increasing the comfort of travelling, decreasing delays and so on and so forth. It all comes down to Wizz Air following in the footsteps of certain American airlines. Let's have a look at the details:

bag type size example fee
small bag 42×32×25cm laptop bag, handbag (under the sit) free
large bag not larger than 56×45×25cm trolley bag (in the overhead bin) €10

In both cases the weight cannot exceed 10 kg. In addition, you're allowed to bring onboard goods you bought in duty free shops at the airport. The new rules go into effect October 4, 2012 and apply to flights in period from October 24, 2012 on.

To make this move more palatable to its customers, Wizz Air has launched a promotion – the price of all fares booked via its website has dropped by €5.


  • S.B.

    about 7 years ago

    Hi Ralf,
    What they wrote was "This new policy does not apply to bookings made before October 04th or for flights departing before October 24th".
    The way I understand it is that for the rules to be applicable to you, your flight must be both booked after the 4th October and take place after the 24th October.

    Thanks for reading our blog!

  • Ralf

    about 7 years ago

    According to a WizzAir newsletter, all flights booked before Oct. 4th are allowed the large hand bag.

  • S.B.

    about 7 years ago

    Hi Paul,
    The way I understood their announcement is that in such a case the day of purchase determines whether or not the new rules apply to you. Needless to say, if I were in your shoes, I'd make sure it's so by sending an e-mail to the customer service, just to be on the safe side.

    good luck and thanks for reading WhichAirline.com!

  • Paul

    about 7 years ago

    What's the policy for tickets purchased before and due later (December)? Thanks

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